AOF Burnett Osteopathic Student Researcher Grant

Deadline: No longer accepting applications


The AOF Burnett Osteopathic Student Researcher Grant was established by John H. Burnett, DO and Mary M. Burnett, DO to support an osteopathic medical student for his/her true dedication to osteopathic-oriented research.


Grant Purpose

AOF’s Burnett Osteopathic Student Researcher Grant will be given annually to promote research validating the principles and practice of osteopathic medicine.



An annual award in the amount of $2,000 will be presented to one (1) individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the science of osteopathic principles and practice, an active interest in clinical or basic science research pertaining to osteopathic medicine and manipulative treatment, and outstanding academic achievement and noteworthy accomplishments in research.



Any osteopathic medical student in good standing at a COCA-Accredited College/School of Osteopathic Medicine who is a rising OMS II, OMS III or OMS IV during the fall of 2020. Applicant must also meet the following criteria:

  • Has started or conducted osteopathic-oriented research while enrolled in a COCA-accredited College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM).
  • All aspects of the research must have been conducted while enrolled in the COM.
  • Must be in good academic standing and/or in the top quartile of their class.


Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form – self nominations are accepted
  • A concept or research paper - fifteen (15) page limit
  • Applicant’s name and title of the paper on each page
  • Supporting documents such as references, tables and figures are optional and will not be included in the fifteen-page limit
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume (include all current memberships, osteopathic or other)
  • Official academic transcript
  • One (1) letter of recommendation/support (DO or PhD recommendation is strongly encouraged)
  • Letter from the Dean or his/her designee as an official document certifying that the applicant is in good academic standing and confirm the student's class ranking/academic standing or that they are in the top quartile of their class.


Research Paper Guidelines

The paper shall be written using appropriate research criteria and include the following:

  • A synopsis (brief description that is approximately three to six sentences)
  • Stage of Research (brief statement describing the stage/phase of the research)
  • Description (Comprehensive description of the research proposal and shall include the significance/scope, overall goals, activities, and benefit to the osteopathic profession.)
  • The rationale for developing the research protocol in terms of osteopathic philosophy or practice; studies of osteopathic manipulative treatment may be included. The rationale should be clearly stated. Original or unique approaches are encouraged.
  • Description of the research question to be studied. The literature should be of appropriate depth and support.
  • A general overview of the research plan. The plan should be ethical, should be feasible, and include appropriate design, measurement, procedures, and analysis.
  • The significance of the research with respect to osteopathic principles and practice or osteopathic manipulative treatment.
  • Emphasis should be on the conceptual analysis of the research question with attention to the identification of relevant variables and their relationships.



The annual scholarship winner will be recognized in various AOF publications, on the website and through social media outlets.


Review Process

Applications closed September 30, 2020. The AOF’s Review Committee will meet in October to review nominations. Selected students and their SOM/COM will be notified in November.

Prior to 2006, the Burnett Osteopathic Student Research Award was administered by the AOA.