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Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program
Loan repayment for educational loans in return for full-time clinical service in Indian Health Service programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 15, 2018
Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
3RNet Recruitment and Retention Assistance
Helps health professionals find jobs in rural and underserved areas and assists employers in recruiting and retaining health professionals to rural and underserved areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network
Health Careers Opportunity Program: The National HCOP Academies Inactive
Funds projects to increase and support opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter health professions.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: May 29, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program Inactive
Scholarships for students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training in exchange for a service commitment in an approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: May 10, 2018
Sponsor: National Health Service Corps
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Training Program Inactive
Grants to establish and enhance nutrition centers of excellence to improve access to comprehensive, community-based, nutrition-centered, and culturally competent coordinated care by increasing the availability of practitioners trained in maternal and child health nutrition.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 7, 2018
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) Inactive
Grants to states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories to assist them in operating their own state educational loan repayment programs for primary care providers working in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) within their state.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: May 7, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Service Corps, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI) Inactive
A summer program designed to prepare American Indian and Alaska Native high school students to pursue careers in healthcare or biomedical research.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 30, 2018
Sponsor: Association of American Indian Physicians
National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Provides loan repayment funding to primary healthcare professionals who agree to serve in Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Apr 23, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Service Corps, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Workforce Research Center Cooperative Agreement Program Inactive
Funding to support and disseminate research on trends in health workforce. In this cycle, two centers will be funded, one focused on health equity in health workforce education and training, and the other on behavioral health workforce.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 12, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
AAMC Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service Inactive
An award recognizing medical programs that reach communities whose needs are not being met through the traditional health delivery system.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 6, 2018
Sponsor: Association of American Medical Colleges
Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities Inactive
Offers funding to states to develop and implement programs that address the dental workforce needs of designated Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 12, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Externship in Addiction Psychiatry Inactive
Offers a clinical shadowing program to minority medical students who have an interest in services related to substance abuse treatment and prevention in underserved areas. Externship sites will be located in rural or inner-city sites.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2018
Sponsor: American Psychiatric Association
Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Training Primary Care Champions Inactive
Grants to strengthen primary care and the workforce by establishing fellowship programs to train community-based practicing primary care physician and/or physician assistant champions to lead healthcare transformation and enhance teaching in community-based settings.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 30, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Community Based Dental Partnership Program Inactive
Offers funding to organizations to work with community-based dental providers to increase service delivery to people living with HIV/AIDS in underserved populations or geographic areas, and to train dental and hygiene students and dental residents to deliver HIV/AIDS dental care.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 19, 2018
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Summer Hoosier Rural Preceptorship Inactive
Offers a summer experience through Union Hospital in Indiana designed to introduce medical students to rural family medicine for underserved populations in Indiana.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 12, 2018
Country Doctor of the Year Award Inactive
Award to a physician who best exemplifies the spirit, skill, and dedication of America's rural medical practitioners.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2017
Sponsor: Staff Care
National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) Inactive
Loan repayment assistance to medical and dental students who agree to provide services in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) of greatest need.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Oct 26, 2017
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, National Health Service Corps
Delta Health Care Services Grant Program Inactive
Provides financial assistance to address unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among healthcare professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions, and other entities.
Geographic coverage: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee
Application Deadline: Oct 10, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Leadership in Public Health Social Work Education (LPHSWE) Inactive
Grants to provide training, education, faculty development, and curriculum enhancement to prepare students for leadership roles in public health social work through enrollment in a dual master’s degree program in both social work and public health.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 7, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Paraprofessionals and Professionals Inactive
Awards funding to colleges and universities to support pre-degree internships and field placements for students pursuing careers in certain behavioral health careers. Special consideration will be given to programs that provide information and education dissemination to rural and medically underserved areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 12, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Area Health Education Centers Inactive
Grants to develop and enhance education and training networks within communities, academic institutions, and community-based organizations. The networks support the Bureau of Health Workforce’s strategic priorities to increase diversity among health professionals, broaden the distribution of the health workforce, enhance healthcare quality, and improve healthcare delivery to rural and underserved areas and populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Mar 29, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Health Professions Extern Program Inactive
Provides externship opportunities for Indian Health Service Scholarship recipients, as well as other health professions students.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2017
Sponsor: Indian Health Service
Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program Inactive
Grants to support innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered nursing students to practice in rural and underserved settings through academic and clinical training.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 25, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Inactive
Awards funding to health professions schools to increase diversity in the health professions workforce by providing scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Priority is given to institutions that seek to place graduates in medically underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 25, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention- Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Program: Behavioral Health Integration Inactive
Grants for projects that integrate interprofessional and collaborative models of behavioral health services into routine nurse-led primary care delivered in vulnerable and/or underserved/rural populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 22, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Bachelor of Science in Nursing Practicums in Community Settings Program Inactive
Funding established so that new BSN graduates may receive experiential training that increases BSN student’s exposure to some of the nation’s most vulnerable and underserved populations that reside in rural community-based settings.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 20, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rural Network Allied Health Training Program Inactive
Offers funding to develop formal rural health networks that focus on the recruitment, training, and retention of the rural allied health workforce. Networks must consist of at least three healthcare providers and must partner with an accredited two-year educational institution.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2015
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
American Indians Into Psychology Inactive
Grants to operate the Indians into Psychology Program, which will recruit and provide scholarships to individuals who will become clinical psychologists and provide service to American Indian/Alaskan Native populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 18, 2014
Sponsor: Indian Health Service
Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Skills Training and Health Workforce Development of Paraprofessionals Inactive
Awards funding to colleges and universities to operate and expand paraprofessional training programs that will meet the employment needs of a community, especially in rural and underserved areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 16, 2014
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
H-1B Ready to Work Partnership Grants Inactive
Funding to provide education, training, and job placement assistance in the occupations and industries for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers, and the related activities necessary to support such training.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 19, 2014
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration
American Indians Into Medicine Inactive
Funding to provide outreach and recruitment for the health professions to Indian communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 13, 2014
Sponsor: Indian Health Service
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Veteran’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Program Inactive
Funding to develop and implement career ladder programs to increase the enrollment of veterans in bachelor's of science in nursing programs. Preference will be given to programs that benefit rural and underserved populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 18, 2014
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Veterans to Nurses and Physician Assistants Workforce Program Inactive
Funding to create a Veterans to Nurses and Physician Assistants Workforce Program that will expand opportunities for veterans with prior medical training to receive the education necessary to become civilian nurses and physician assistants. Preference will be given to applicants that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations. A single cooperative agreement will be awarded.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 26, 2013
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Veterans to BSN Coordinating Center Inactive
Offers funding to operate a coordinating center to support the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Veterans to BSN grantees by providing technical assistance, data collection, and program assessment.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 7, 2013
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration

Last Updated: 4/9/2018