Fisch Art of Medicine Student Awards

The Fisch Art of Medicine Student Awards allow current University of Minnesota medical students to explore the arts, enriching the traditional medical school curriculum through creative expression. 


Any artistic, creative project will be considered, e.g., taking classes or courses, working with a mentor or teacher, or simply focusing on a creative pursuit. Preference is given to acquisition of new knowledge and skills.


Proposals should be approximately one page in length.


  1. Goals or needs
  2. Activities related to goals or needs (classes, retreats, travel)
  3. Interest in the proposed area of study
  4. Project budget (tuition, travel, accommodations)

Be certain to include:

  • Name
  • Contact information (email, phone)
  • Year in medical school


No more than $2,500 will be funded per proposal. Requests for expensive equipment, like computers or cameras, are typically not funded.

Priority will be given to students who are entering their fourth year of medical school. Previous awardees are not eligible to apply.


Proposals are typically accepted in the late spring. Funding decisions are announced in the summer.

Watch for an e-mail announcement from Jon Hallberg, MD, for specific deadlines.

Review Process 

The Fisch Art of Medicine Student Awards Selection Committee reviews all proposals and makes funding decisions.


Jon Hallberg, MD
Associate Professor 
Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Minnesota Medical School

Student Feedback

"Receiving a Fisch Award has truly changed my life. I could not be more grateful for it."
-Ho-Shia Thao, past awardee (ballet)