When to Apply
- The next Scholarship application is scheduled to open in March or April. Sign up to get an e-mail when it does.
You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in a fully accredited training program for
- Physicians (MD or DO)
- Nurse Practitioners
- Certified Nurse-Midwives
- Physician Assistants
The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an approved outpatient facility in a medically underserved community.
The scholarship can be awarded for as many as 4 years. With each year (or partial year) of support beyond the first year, the student agrees to provide one additional year of service, with a maximum of four years.
Service begins upon graduation (and completion of primary care residency training for doctors and dentists). The NHSC helps scholars find a practice site that's right for them among the hundreds of NHSC-approved sites in medically underserved urban, rural and frontier communities across the U.S. When in service, scholars earn a market-rate salary, paid by the employing facility. Learn more about the service commitment: What You Need to Know: Health Professional Shortage Areas and Your Practice Site (PDF - 285 KB).
Scholarship payments other than the living stipend are federal income tax-free.
The Scholarship Program accepts applications once each year. Applicants chosen to receive the scholarship are notified no later than September 30.
How It Works
You Must Be:
- U.S. citizen or U.S. national
- Full-time student at an accredited school
- Pursuing a degree in an NHSC-eligible discipline
Upon graduation and completion of training, you agree to:
- Provide care at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved area. Learn more about the service commitment: What You Need to Know: Health Professional Shortage Areas and Your Practice Site (PDF - 285 KB).
- One year of service for each year of support (minimum of two years of service, maximum of four years of support and service)
An NHSC Scholarship includes:
- Tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a monthly living stipend (taxable)
- Assistance finding a job at a high-need, NHSC-approved site
- Access to educational, training, and networking opportunities
- Becoming part of a community of providers with a shared desire to serve patients with limited access to health care
- Medicine (MD or DO)
- Dentistry (DDS or DMD)
- Nurse practitioner
- Certified nurse-midwife
- Physician assistant
Students-to-Service Program for fourth-year medical students