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Indian Health Service Health Professions Scholarship Program

Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Feb 28, 2023

IHS Area Scholarship Coordinators

Other federal contacts

For technical assistance:
Destiny Khalil


The Indian Health Service Health Professions Scholarship provides financial aid covering tuition, required fees, and other educational and living expenses for qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate- and graduate-level students enrolled in specific health profession degree programs.

Recipients of the scholarship are required to fulfill a service commitment at an Indian health facility one year of service for each year of support, for a maximum of 4 years full-time.

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Individuals who are a member of a federally recognized tribe and Alaska Natives are eligible to apply. Applicants must be enrolled in an appropriately accredited school by August 1, 2022 and pursuing a course of study in a health profession.

Eligible programs for the current funding cycle include:

  • Bachelor degree programs:
    • Nursing
    • Engineering (Civil or Environmental)
    • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Master degree programs:
    • Nurse midwife
    • Clinical social work
    • Nurse practitioner
    • Physician assistant
  • Doctoral degree programs:
    • Clinical psychology
    • Dentistry
    • Nurse anesthetist
    • Nurse practitioner (DNP)
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacy
    • Physician, allopathy or osteopathy
    • Physical therapy
    • Podiatry

Specific eligibility requirements

Some jobs may be limited to certain geographic areas within the Indian Health Service. For questions about potential service obligation sites, contact

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

The award will cover tuition, required fees, and other educational and living expenses.

The required commitment is one year of service per year of scholarship support.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, program materials, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

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American Indian or Alaska Native · Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Dental workforce · Environmental health · Mental health · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Nurses · Oral health · Pharmacy and prescription drugs · Pharmacy workforce · Physical therapy · Physician assistants · Physicians · Primary care · Scholarships for health careers

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