We are pleased to offer a limited number of 25%, and 50% scholarships to assist individuals with conference registration costs.

To apply for an academic or need-based scholarship for the IHI Forum, you must work in one of the settings listed below or be a full or part-time (two or more classes) student, resident, or full-time dean/faculty at an academic institution:

  •  Independent, United States Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) that are not affiliated with a hospital or health system
  •  Critical Access Hospitals
  •  Independent practices with fewer than 20 physicians
  •  Hospitals with fewer than 50 beds
  •  Members of America's Essential Hospitals
  •  501(c)(3) organization with a defined operating budget of less than $5 million, serving community-based populations
  •  Ministries of Health
  •  Faith-based Health Institutions
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • State, County, and Local Health Departments

How to Apply

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the online Scholarship Application. You will need to complete the scholarship application form by October 13, 2023. Scholarship decisions will be announced on October 27, 2023.

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. All Scholarships are reviewed on an individual basis. If multiple individuals from the same organization wish to apply for a scholarship, each individual must submit an application. Group discounts are also available, see information above. 

To ensure equal distribution of funds, all scholarships applications are reviewed using the same scoring criteria. All awarded amounts are final. 

Please note, scholarships are available for program registration costs only, and do not cover travel, food, or accommodation costs associated with attending a program.

Special Scholarships​

In addition to academic and need-based scholarships, we offer several specialty scholarships for the IHI Forum: 

Patient and Family Advisor (PFA) Scholarship

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) recognizes the importance of working in partnership with patients and family members to improve the quality and safety of health care. At IHI’s Forum, Patient/Family Advisors and Leaders contribute to the energy and transformative experience for all who attend.

The IHI team is proud to provide funding to support the registration for the IHI Forum for a limited number of exceptional Patient/Family Advisors who are making a contribution to the field of person-and family-centered care. 

Eligibility: A Patient/Family Advisor is a person with lived experience as a patient or family member who is collaborating with a health care organization and shows success, drive, and interest in improving the patient experience.
Please be advised that each application will be judged solely on its merits and not on a prior application or relationship.

Accepted applicants will be asked to submit a brief blog about their Forum experience. Additional details about the blog length and due date will be made available at the time of acceptance.

The Justin A. Micalizzi Memorial IHI Scholarship

Justin’s HOPE Project and IHI are extremely proud to announce the Justin Micalizzi Memorial IHI Scholarship in loving memory of Justin A. Micalizzi who died at the age of 11 due to a medical error.  Learning from this devastating loss ― and making a difference that will improve pediatric health care ― has become a quest for Justin’s family.

Justin's HOPE project will award scholarships to health caregivers who are committed to pediatric patient safety and providing a safe health care environment for their patients and families. The Justin Micalizzi Memorial IHI Scholarship covers registration fees for all four days of the IHI Forum.

Eligibility: Scholarships will be awarded to those clinicians who are working with vulnerable, underprivileged, and underserved pediatric populations and their families with a focus on patient safety, quality improvement, inequities and compassionate care.

Maureen Bisognano, President Emerita and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and Dale Ann Micalizzi, Founder and Director of Justin’s HOPE Project at The Task Force for Global Health, will assist IHI staff in reviewing applications and designating the beneficiaries (2-3). Corporate, individual, or honorarium contributions to Justin's HOPE Project are greatly appreciated in order for us to continue this worthwhile cause.

For more information about Justin’s HOPE Project at the Task Force for Global Health (Child Survival and Development), please visit: and

Vinod and Gail Sahney Scholarship

Vinod and Gail Sahney family charitable trust has established this scholarship fund. Vinod Sahney is a founding member and former Board chair of IHI.

The Vinod and Gail Sahney Scholarship is open to a current full- or part-time student studying Industrial or Systems Engineering. The scholarship covers registration for the IHI Forum.

Eligibility: Current full- or part-time student studying Industrial or Systems Engineering.

The Annette J. Bartley Memorial Scholarship

Annette J. Bartley RN, BA, MS, MPH, was a nurse and health care improvement coach for more than 30 years, which included several leadership roles in frontline clinical care and management. A beloved member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) community, Annette died in November 2016, leaving behind a legacy of kindness, compassion, and optimism.

IHI will award the Annette J. Bartley Memorial Scholarship annually to one nursing professional who demonstrates a strong interest in health care improvement. The scholarship will cover the cost of General Conference registration fees for the IHI Forum. In addition, the scholarship will provide the winner with up to $1,000 for travel, four nights’ lodging, or other Forum expenditures (including fees for Pre-Conference sessions).

Eligibility: Any current nursing professional may apply for the Annette J. Bartley Memorial Scholarship.