Scholarships for graduate education may be available through the programs in medical illustration; please contact the programs directly.

Vesalius Trust

VT logo 400x400The Vesalius Trust for Visual Communication in the Health Sciences offers Research Grants and The Inez Demonet Scholarship each year to qualifying students. Applications for the scholarships are received and evaluated by the AMI Scholarship Committee.


Students who have completed at least one year of full-time study in a degree program for visual communications in the health sciences may apply for Research Grants. Inez Demonet scholarship applicants must be enrolled in a CAHEEP-accredited program to be eligible. Applications are made available in the fall. Scholarships are described below.  

Research Grants

Grant money is made available each year by the Vesalius Trust to fully or partially fund meritorious student research projects/theses. Award size may vary based on the nature and merit of a project. Applications are evaluated and ranked by the AMI Scholarship Committee. Not all who apply are awarded funding.

The top two awards in this category are named in honor of Alan W. Cole, beloved and respected medical illustrator and long-time member of the Association of Medical Illustrators, and Joyce McGill, aunt of Gael McGill, PhD, Digizyme CEO, Director of Molecular Visualization at Harvard Medical School and past Vesalius Trust trustee who created this scholarship in memory of Joyce whose life was dedicated to teaching art.

There are three parts to the application - student application, faculty advisor form, and content advisor form. Please note the second advisor should be someone oustide of your medical illustration faculty. You will need to send the links for the appropriate forms to your 2 advisors and ask them to fill it out by the application deadline. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

Vesalius Trust Student Application
Submit Faculty Advisor Form
Submit Content Advisor Form

VT Grant Judging Guidelines
VT Grant Project Description Template

Inez Demonet Scholarship

The Inez Demonet Scholarship is an annual merit scholarship awarded to the applicant with highest academic and personal achievements in the field of visual communications in the health sciences. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited program to be eligible. The Demonet award was the first scholarship established by the Trust. This scholarship honors a well-known, respected medical illustrator who was a charter member of the Association of Medical Illustrators. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

About Inez Demonet

Inez Demonet was a charter member of the Association of Medical Illustrators and chief of the Medical Arts Section at the National Institutes of Health for many years. She was a specialist in maxillofacial and plastic surgery illustration and was the recipient of a number of national honors for her work. A very versatile and creative professional, she was also a member of the Washington Water Color Club, the Society of Washington Printmakers and the Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In her will, she bequeathed a sum of money to fund a scholarship in her name. In honor of her many talents and accomplishments, the Trust awards this scholarship each year to the student considered to be the best overall student with the most promise for contributions to the profession of medical illustration in the future. In accordance with her bequest, this scholarship is available only to students of programs currently accredited by the Association of Medical Illustrators.

Inez Demonet Student Application, Part A

Inez Demonet Part B Instructions