The Massage Therapy Foundation Research Grants – Qualifying & Applying

Every field of study has industry organizations and professional bodies that support its advancement. The Massage Therapy Foundation is one such organization that caters to the massage therapy profession, and sponsors research grants for research conducted in the field of massage.

The Massage Therapy Foundation helps support scientific research, education, and community service related to the massage industry by providing funding and resources to those currently working in an advanced academic environment such as a graduate of PhD program.

Does that mean you don’t qualify if all you want to do is attend a massage school, get your license and practice massage? You are correct. These grants are meant for those who are focused on the theoretical aspect of the field. That said, if you later decide to pursue higher level education in the field of massage, this is something you can definitely apply for.

Purpose and Use of the Massage Therapy Foundation Research Grants

To put it simply, the Massage Therapy Foundation wants to support those who are dedicated to discovering more about the field of massage and helping push forward the massage therapy industry.

Grant money is often set aside just for this type of work, and is awarded to either individuals or teams of individuals who are interested in advancing their study in the field of massage. These grants are typically renewed each year as new funding comes in.

They vary in amount from $1,000 all the way up to $30,000. Applicants who are interested must apply for these by March. The application process is rather rigorous in that it involves a lengthy, well though through and persuasive proposal.

If you are interested in the educational and community service side of massage, there may be additional grants available to you. One such example is a grant available to those who want to cater to under-served communities that benefit from massage.

Organizations that Offer Massage Therapy Grants

While there are other organizations that sponsor education grants, the Massage Therapy Foundation is the most predominant organization we know off that offers annual grant awards specifically for the field of massage. They have been in existence since 1990 and were originally developed by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) as a way to bring massage into the academic and scientific spotlight. In addition to the annual research grants, the foundation offers funding for community service, and hosts educational initiatives and conferences as well.

If you are interested in a career in massage that is outside the practical application of massage, we highly recommend you check out the Massage Therapy Foundation. This organization will likely be your best source of information and help in fulfilling your career goals and objectives.

Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

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4 comments on “The Massage Therapy Foundation Research Grants – Qualifying & Applying
  1. Seth Davis says:

    I am a Massage Therapist originally from Seattle and graduated from Seattle Massage School in 2000. I have been practicing Structural Integration for 20 years and the two modalities have naturally integrated together to form the basis of my method of work.

    In my early twenties I began to travel to India and Nepal where I met my wife Lakshmi, who is also a Massage Therapist. We spend about half the year in India working with other therapists from Russia and Europe. It is a powerful experience. Over the past few years our workshops have “caught on” and are gaining momentum. Last year there were so many people who came to learn or be worked on that we could not do it all.

    Massage Therapy is regarded as a very “high” profession and in some cases even considered as sacred to the soul. The International community is hungry for Healing Massage and America has the most comprehensive schools and training for this in the world.

    I propose that we open a Massage Center in India (specifically a place called Puttaparthi, in Andra Pradesh India) and train the people from Europe, Russia, and India in the art of Massage, and Medical Massage.
    I have the connections and knowledge to make it happen but are lacking the monetary part.

    I believe it would make a tremendous contribution to the world to do this and am willing to put in the work, but I need help with the money. If you love massage and this idea sounds appealing to you then let’s do it. Time is passing us by and the sooner we start the more we can contribute.

  2. leah says:

    I am in the process of enrolling in the Cleveland medical institute of medical massage. i was told that my financial aid is not enough to cover my cost of school. I would to know if there is anyone able to help me, by pointing me in the right direction of any scholarships or grant programs that may be able to assist me with the steep amount that has to be paid out of pocket.

    • Neal Lyons says:

      Leah – have you checked our own scholarship award? you should. in addition, we have a page with scholarships from around the country. check our site headers or use the search box

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