Global Outreach Grants


Launched in 2005, the PA Foundation’s Global Outreach Grants Program provides grants to support projects involving PAs and PA students in humanitarian activities designed to improve the quality of life in underserved areas outside the United States or its territories. The grants promote sustainable development in the areas of healthcare and health education for populations and communities in need.

We provide funding for projects that enhance or expand existing programs and provide the participating PAs and students an invaluable learning experience in healthcare delivery, leadership, and project management.

2023 Application Cycle

Opens: May 1
Deadline: June 9

Funding Sources
  • The Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Endowment — A major funding source, this endowment was established in 2005 through a generous donation made by Don and Kathy Pedersen’s Family Foundation in memory of Don’s father, who worked internationally throughout his career. The Pedersens have been PAs for more than 30 years — Don as a professor and director of the University of Utah PA Program, and Kathy as a primary care PA at the Community Health Centers of Salt Lake City.
  • Chevron and other corporate partners
  • Individual donors
Who Can Apply

All grant applications must be submitted by one or more PAs or PA students who are members in good standing of AAPA and who are involved in health-related humanitarian efforts through either established nonprofit humanitarian organizations or PA programs. Grant funds are disbursed to the nonprofit organization or program sponsoring the project.

The purpose of the health-related humanitarian assistance grant is to directly support the individual or individuals while preparing for and/or while involved in the humanitarian health project. Acceptable expenses may include costs incurred in preparing for travel to the activity site, such as immunizations, exams, and medications; living expenses while serving at the site; and equipment and supplies needed for the activity. Funds also may be used to purchase materials and equipment that support a specific project that meets the objectives of this grant program. Funds may not be used to cover any indirect/administrative costs (including salaries/stipends), capital expenses, or travel expenses/airfare to the site of the activity.

In the evaluation process, preference will be given to those applicants who have not already been awarded a grant from the PA Foundation within the preceding 12 months (including both IMPACT Grants and Global Outreach Grants).

The PA Foundation will award a maximum of one grant per institution per funding cycle.

Note for 2022 cycle: Given the evolving circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PA Foundation recognizes that travel guidelines and other factors influencing project plans may continue to change and impact grantees’ ability to implement project plans as originally submitted (or according to the timeline submitted). In such a situation, grantees may submit proposed modifications to project plans and/or timelines in order to meet project goals.

2022 Qualifications and Requirements Document

2022 Application Cycle

The 2022 Global Outreach Grant/Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grant cycle closed May 18.

View the 2022 Global Outreach Grant/Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grant qualifications and requirements document.

Make a Donation

Support the Global Outreach Grants Program by selecting “Global Outreach Programs” on the donation form.


Questions? Contact Caroline Pierce.