The mission of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance is to change perceptions of fat and end size discrimination through advocacy, education, and support. The goal of the Dr. Paul Ernsberger Research Scholarship is to provide financial support to graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate program with an accredited U.S. college or university. Dr. Ernsberger’s decades of research on metabolic syndrome, diabetes, weight cycling, and the medical harm caused by diet obsession and weight bias has had an immeasurable impact on debunking myths and misunderstandings about fat and health.
It is an honor for NAAFA to support the continuation of his important work by supporting graduate students who hope to carry on and advance Dr. Ernsberger’s legacy. Up to three scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded. Areas of concentration in scientific laboratory research: Nutrition and higher weight people; Metabolic syndrome; Insulin resistance / diabetes; Hypertension; Hyperlipidemia; Weight cycling; Medical harm from being obsessed with weight loss; Medical harm from the bias of physicians; Prioritization will be given to applicants of marginalized identity (POC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, fat/superfat) and those who demonstrate financial need. Scholarship will be paid directly to the graduate student.
Requirements: Online application; Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable); Proof of enrollment; Recommendation/Reference form(s) - At least one recommendation/reference other than your advisor; Copy of your FAFSA Student Aid Report