Awards/Stipends/Grants

DIFM DIVERSITY STIPENDS - Apply TODAY


Four $250 Diversity Stipends will be awarded in 2022

  • One for a Professional Member (current RD/DTR and DIFM member)
  • Three Student/Intern Members (currently enrolled in an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or in a supervised practice through a Dietetic Internship (DI)).

Benefits of This Award

  • Winners may choose to be a featured member on the DIFM website or participate in an interview with the hosts of DIFM’s “Integrative IDEAs in Nutrition Podcast.”
  • Winners may be invited to join the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee to raise multicultural awareness within DIFM and the field of dietetics.
  • Winners will be recognized for working with or intending to work with a diverse clientele that may include people of lower socioeconomic status and use or intend to use Nutrition in Integrative and Functional Medicine (NIFM) for their care. (https://integrativerd.org/ifmnt-radial/)
  • Each applicant is considered individually, considering any underrepresented and marginalized groups with which the applicant self-identifies, works with, or intends to work.

Ready to Apply? Submit all three below to diversity.difm@gmail.com by September 1, 2022

  • Personal Statement of 500 words or less
  • Your Resume or CV
  • Completed Application:  

More about the Personal Statement

Please attach a personal statement (maximum 500 words) to explain your background and interest in sharing integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy (IFMNT) with a diverse community. Please address the following in your statement:

  • A detailed explanation of your target audience. 
  • Why does this community or population matter to you?
  • What changes do you hope to make with IFMNT within your target audience?
  • How will this award help you to promote IFMNT to your target audience?

More about the DIFM Diversity Stipend

DIFM aims to gain a diverse membership representing many different demographics, including race, gender, age, religion, nationality, disability, and more. Our goal is to make DIFM an inclusive and welcoming group to new members from diverse backgrounds. We understand it is crucial to provide education on diverse practices. Therefore, we have formed an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access committee to promote and educate dietitians about diverse food practices, health beliefs, approaches, and considerations. This committee launched the Diversity Stipend and the Diversity Webinar Series to shed light on the value and importance of diversity awareness. Our selection gives preference to people who identify with marginalized communities to center the voices of people of color and other groups underrepresented in the nutrition field.


NOTE: Current members of the DIFM Executive Committee and Leadership Team are not eligible to apply. Stipend winners are eligible to win only once every three years.


QUESTIONS? Contact us at diversity.difm@gmail.com. 

Take advantage of these awards/stipends. Learn more and apply below.

     

DIFM Diversity Stipend - See application above

QUESTIONS? Contact us at diversity.difm@gmail.com

Conference Speaker/Presenter Stipend

Speaker/Presenter Stipends are intended for those invited to speak/present or whose submission has been accepted but are not limited to, a conference, academic institution, state affiliate, local district, or international dietetic meeting. Speaker stipends are not intended for presentations associated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (pre-FNCE or FNCE), as the Academy offers its own honorarium.

This application will be differentiated from the Application for Conference Attendance, as it is intended specifically for speaker/presenters and experts in the field presenting on an integrative and functional medicine topic, simultaneously being able to promote DIFM and further support DIFM’s mission and vision within the presentation. These individuals will be regarded as DIFM Ambassadors.

DIFM Speakers will not accept invitations to meetings and events that involve or require endorsement and/or positioning of a commercial product(s) or service(s).

It is expected that expenses of DIFM Speakers who are asked to attend meetings and events at the invitation of other organizations will be reimbursed by that organization. This application may also be completed if the stipend complements any compensation from the requesting organization that may not be sufficient for travel, lodging or time.

In order to share the education, opportunities, and relevant topics with all of our DIFM members, it is a requirement to provide a review of the presentation(s), in a newsletter article (guidelines and requirements will be provided by our Newsletter Editor), as a blog, webinar, or on a social media platform within two months of the presentation’s completion. The DIFM speaker/presenter may also be highlighted on the website. A photo and bio may be requested and should be easily available upon request. The DIFM board also reserves the right to request a preview of the presentation to ensure it is aligned with the strategic plan, mission, and vision before granting the stipend.

Marketing materials, official logo e-files, and additional items will be available for the DIFM speaker/presenter to utilize. Coordinating these items will be done with the Executive Assistant in a timely manner before the speaker engagement. Materials are to be responsibly distributed and promoted. The DIFM video may be shared with attendees and on individual websites with the completion of a WAIVER RELEASE FORM (see website for details or contact our Member Services Chair).

The voting members of the DIFM board will review the application and approve or deny financial support for this engagement. The voting members may also ask key Executive Committee members to review the application if pertinent (such as the Speaker Bureau Chair or other officers) that may objectively contribute to the evaluation process and final decision. If an applicant(s) is a voting member(s), they will be recused from the review and approval process.

Applications may be completed and emailed to DIFM’s Executive Assistant at info@integrativerd.org

Please submit as early as possible due to the process and time necessary for each evaluation. Please note there are a limited number of applicants accepted per fiscal year (for example June 1, 2017-May 31st 2018).

Application and Policy. Speaker/Presenter Stipend (word doc)

Application and Policy. Speaker/Presenter Stipend (pdf)

Conference Attendance Stipend

Invitations to meetings and events will be individually evaluated using the External Representation Assessment Tool and Application for Conference Attendance documents.

DIFM does not accept invitations to meetings and events that involve or require endorsement and/or positioning of a commercial product(s) or service(s).

It is expected that whenever possible, expenses of DIFM representatives asked to attend meetings and events at the invitation of other organizations will be reimbursed by that organization.

In order to share the education, opportunities, and relevant topics with all of our DIFM members, it is a requirement to provide a review of a session(s) or conference in a newsletter article (guidelines and requirements will be provided by our Newsletter Editor) or on our website as a blog within 2 months of conference attendance. A webinar or other educational tool may be requested upon approval as well at the executive board’s discretion.

In conjunction with completing these documents, the DIFM representative must complete and fulfill all obligations and requirements stated within these documents within 2 months of returning from the event.

The voting members will review the assessment tool and application and approve or deny financial support for attendance to the event. The voting members may also ask key Executive Committee members to review the application if pertinent (i.e. Speaker Bureau Chair or other officers) that may objectively contribute to the evaluation process and final decision. If an applicant(s) is a voting member(s), they will be recused from the review and approval process.

Please submit as early as possible due to the process and time necessary for each evaluation. Documents may be completed and emailed to Amy Jarck at info@integrativerd.org

Application and Policy Conference Attendance (word doc)

Application and Policy Conference Attendance pdf

DIFM Excellence in Practice Award

Application Deadline: TBD Spring 2022

Purpose

  • To recognize an individual DIFM DPG member who has demonstrated extraordinary skills and commitment in practicing integrative and functional nutrition, including nutritional genomics, whole foods, dietary supplements, and/or natural healing modalities. Nominees will be considered for this award based on: active participation and leadership in DIFM DPG, promotion of DIFM DPG outside the practice group, involvement in other dietetic organizations that promote the registered dietitian in integrative and functional nutrition practice, and/or contributions to research in the area of integrative and functional nutrition.
  • $500 awarded to chosen recipient.

Eligibility and Required Criteria

All active members in good standing with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and DIFM DPG are eligible. Exempt members include the following: previous winners of the Excellence in Practice Award and any current DIFM Executive Committee member (or currently on the ballot for DIFM elected office). Required criteria include the following:

  • Academy and DIFM member for a minimum of 5 years
  • RDN for a minimum of 10 years
  • One professional letter of recommendation
  • Demonstrated excellence in practice, as evidenced by work that is innovative, creative, and recognized as exemplary by professional peers
  • Currently practicing clinical integrative and functional nutrition

Optional Criteria

  • Founding member of NCC/DIFM
  • Leadership/volunteerism in DIFM or Academy (elected or appointed positions)
  • Precepting/mentoring experience
  • Teaching/educating experience
  • CPE presenter in integrative and functional nutrition
  • Volunteer/public service to promote nutrition
  • Published author or editor on integrative and functional medicine topic (e.g. DIFM newsletter, journal, book)
  • Research contributor (completed work)
  • Media contributor
  • Advanced education degree or credential/certification in integrative/functional nutrition
  • Fellow of the Academy
  • Professional awards

DIFM Excellence in Service Award

Application Deadline: TBD Spring 2022

Purpose

  • To recognize an individual who has demonstrated leadership and service as a member of DIFM DPG, is a leader in the profession, and has worked toward the promotion of dietetics professionals involved in integrative, functional, and holistic medicine, nutritional genomics, whole foods, dietary supplements, and/or natural healing modalities.
  • $500 awarded to chosen recipient.

Eligibility and Required Criteria

Active members in good standing with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and DIFM DPG are eligible. Exempt members include previous winners of the Excellence in Service Award and any current DIFM Executive Committee member (voting members).

  • Academy and DIFM member for a minimum of 5 years
  • RDN for a minimum of 10 years
  • One professional letter of recommendation
  • Demonstrated excellence in service, as evidenced by DIFM leadership/volunteerism (elected or appointed positions), and/or by leadership/volunteerism in other Academy positions
  • Contributed to the advancement of DIFM and to the profession by supporting DIFM initiatives and advocating for the integrative and functional dietetics practitioner.

Optional Criteria

  • Founding member of NCC/DIFM
  • Precepting/mentoring experience
  • Teaching/educating experience
  • CPE presenter in integrative and functional nutrition
  • Volunteer/public service to promote nutrition
  • Published author or editor on integrative and functional medicine topic (e.g. DIFM newsletter, journal, book)
  • Research contributor (completed work)
  • Media contributor
  • Professional awards
  • Fellow of the Academy
  • Advanced education degree or credential/certification in integrative/functional nutrition

DIFM Outstanding Student Award

Application Deadline: TBD Spring 2022

Purpose

  • To recognize an individual student who has demonstrated extraordinary skills and commitment in practicing integrative and functional nutrition, including nutritional genomics, whole foods, dietary supplements, and/or natural healing modalities. Nominees for this award will be considered based on: volunteering and service related to integrative and functional nutrition, leadership, GPA, awards, and participation in research, teaching, and/or mentoring.
  • $500 awarded to chosen recipient.

Eligibility and Required Criteria

All student members in good standing with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and DIFM DPG are eligible. Exempt members include previous winners of the Outstanding Student Award and any current DIFM Executive Committee member (voting member).

Required criteria include the following:

  • Academy member for at least 1 year
  • DIFM member for at least 1 year
  • Must attend a college or university with an ACEND-approved nutrition program
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Two letters of recommendation – one letter from a faculty member and one from a DIFM member
  • Personal statement that demonstrates leadership skills (250-500 words)
  • Demonstrates an active interest in integrative and functional medicine/nutrition, including school projects, writing projects, presentations, leadership, volunteer and/or work experience

Optional Criteria

  • Published author in peer-reviewed journal or book
  • Research contributor (completed work)
  • Media contributor
  • Advanced education degree or credential/certification in integrative/functional nutrition
  • Awards - student, community, etc.
  • The awardee is willing to volunteer on a committee for DIFM based on his/her preference/interest/availability

DIFM Lifetime Achievement Award

Application Deadline: May 20, 2020

Purpose

The purpose of this award is to recognize a DIFM member whose contributions over their lifetime have advanced the principles and practices of integrative and functional medicine and nutrition. This award will honor one who has “made a difference” in education and professional development, furthered professional opportunities and advancement for nutrition and dietetics practitioners, and has demonstrated excellence as evidenced by innovative, creative work.

  • $1500 and free lifetime DIFM membership awarded to chosen recipient.

Eligibility and Required Criteria

All active members in good standing with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and DIFM DPG are eligible. Exempt members include the following: previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Required criteria include the following:

  • Academy member for a minimum of 20 years
  • DIFM member for a minimum of 10 years
  • RDN for minimum of 20 years
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Has made a “lifetime” of unique contributions to the practice of integrative and functional nutrition
  • Has continuously supported the advancement of dietetic professionals practicing integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy (IFMNT) by acting as a clinician, educator, mentor, preceptor, CPE presenter, and author/editor, or through volunteerism/public service
  • Has provided leadership and service to DIFM, the Academy, and other professional nutrition organizations

Optional Criteria

  • Founding member of NCC/DIFM
  • Research contributor (completed work)
  • Media contributor
  • Advanced education degree or credential/certification in integrative/functional nutrition
  • Fellow of the Academy
  • Professional awards

Procedures and Instructions

Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award can be submitted by any member of DIFM. Members are encouraged to nominate qualified peers and/or self-nominate.

Whether nominating a student or self-nominating, the following documents must be submitted for the nominee via email to the Nominating Committee by May 20, 2020.

  • Award application form + biographical information form (below)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Application documents are reviewed by the Nominating Committee, and selection will be made by June 2020. The nominee with the highest score will be selected as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recipient will be notified by email and announced in the DIFM newsletter, The Integrative RDN, the DIFM Website, and social media outlets. Recognition will also be given at DIFM’s annual FNCE events.

To Apply or Nominate

Completed applications are accepted through May 20, 2020.

Please submit the Award Application Form (below), Biographical Information Form (below), a curriculum vitae (CV), and two letters of recommendation via email to all members of the Nominating Committee, with the subject line, Application Documents for Lifetime Achievement Award for your review:

Download the Application and information here- (word doc) Lifetime Achievement Award FY 2019.2020

Download the Application and information here (pdf) Lifetime Achievement Award FY 2019.2020