Scholarship Review Process
PCORI’s Engagement staff will review Patient Scholarship applications. To mitigate potential conflicts of interest, reviewers will recuse themselves from initial evaluations of any applicants with whom they have or had a close professional or personal association.
The review process draws from existing processes previously developed to support other PCORI activities, including advisory panel selection processes. Each reviewer will use the same selection criteria for every application in the interest of consistency. This open, transparent, and rigorous process achieves the desired balance between expertise and demographics of scholars.
There will be a series of open- and closed-ended questions as well as a personal statement in the application. Selection criteria are used to evaluate each application according to background, expertise, experience, and current or desired level of involvement with PCORI and PCOR. The selection criteria generally include:
Criterion 1: The applicant primarily identifies as a patient, caregiver, or patient representative.
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Criterion 2: Potential for applicant to elevate underrepresented or minority communities.
Does the applicant represent a minority or historically underrepresented community? Which community does the applicant primarily serve?
Criterion 3: Potential for applicant to diversify geographic representation at the Annual Meeting.
What geographic region does the applicant represent?
Criterion 4: Involvement with patient-centered outcomes research and related initiatives.
How long and to what extent has the applicant been involved with PCOR?
Criterion 5: Previous PCORI Annual Meeting attendance and scholarship receipt.
Has the applicant previously attended a PCORI Annual Meeting? Has the applicant previously been awarded financial support from PCORI to attend the Annual Meeting?
*Note: Previous PCORI Annual Meeting attendance and/or scholarship allotment does not disqualify applicants for this support opportunity.
Posted: February 1, 2019; Updated: March 15, 2019