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Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment for Rural Health Professions Funding & Opportunities

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Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP)
Offers loan repayment to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who agree to serve as faculty at eligible health professions schools for a minimum of 2 years.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 29, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Dental Faculty Development and Loan Repayment Program
Provides funding to establish a dental faculty loan repayment program for faculty engaged in primary care dentistry, including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, public health dentistry, and dental hygiene. Priority for this year is for programs supporting pediatric dentistry faculty.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 17, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration
Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program
Provides loan repayment programs for health professions educational loans in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 15, 2017
Sponsor: Indian Health Service
Rural Access to Anesthesia Care Scholarship
Provides scholarships for medical students to complete a rotation designed to teach future physicians about anesthesia in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: American Society of Anesthesiologists
National Health Service Corps Site Application Inactive
Provides recruitment and retention assistance to healthcare facilities located in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 6, 2017
Sponsor: National Health Service Corps
The American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships Inactive
Provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate Tribal College students.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017
Sponsor: American Indian College Fund
NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Inactive
Provides scholarships to nursing students in exchange for a 2-year, full-time service commitment (or part-time equivalent), at an eligible healthcare facility with a critical shortage of nurses.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 11, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program Inactive
Provides scholarships for students pursuing primary care health professions training in exchange for a service commitment in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 27, 2017
Sponsor: National Health Service Corps
Migrant Health Scholarship Inactive
Offers scholarships to individuals pursuing or continuing their career in the migrant health field, thus contributing to the development of Community/Migrant Health Center workforce.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 7, 2017
Sponsor: National Center for Farmworker Health
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
Application Deadline: Apr 6, 2017
Sponsor: National Health Service Corps
Indian Health Service Health Professions Scholarship Program Inactive
Provides scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students enrolled in a health professions program.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 28, 2017
Sponsor: Indian Health Service
Indian Health Service Pre-Graduate Scholarship Program Inactive
Provides scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students to enroll in courses leading to a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-podiatry or pre-optometry.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 28, 2017
Sponsor: Indian Health Service
Indian Health Service Preparatory Scholarship Inactive
Provides scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students who are enrolled in undergraduate or preparatory courses in preparation for entry to health profession schools.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 28, 2017
Sponsor: Indian Health Service
Udall Scholarship Inactive
Offers scholarships to Native Americans and Alaska Native students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, native health, or the environment.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 15, 2017
Sponsor: Morris K Udall and Steward L Udall Foundation
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Offers loan repayment assistance to registered nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, and nursing school faculty who agree to work in underserved areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 23, 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
Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program (NAT) Inactive
Provides funding to accredited institutions to support traineeships for licensed nurses who are enrolled in a nurse anesthesia program, with preference given to projects that will benefit rural and underserved populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 5, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
NIH Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Offers loan repayment assistance for health professionals who commit to research projects related to health disparities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2016
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program Inactive
Grants to establish and/or operate scholarship or stipend programs aimed at increasing nursing education opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 18, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows Inactive
A fellowship program designed to develop the capacity of midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health to participate in health policy processes at the federal level.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2016
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) Inactive
Funding to accredited schools of nursing for a loan forgiveness program designed to prepare and train qualified nurse educators to fill faculty vacancies and increase the number of trained nurses entering the workforce.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 14, 2016
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration
NBCC Foundation Military Scholarship Inactive
Offers scholarships to master's level counseling students who have experience with military communities and commit to serving military personnel for at least 2 years after graduation.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2016
Sponsor: NBCC Foundation
NBCC Foundation Rural Scholarships Inactive
Offers scholarships to students residing in rural areas who are currently enrolled in a master's level counseling program and are committed to practicing in rural communities after graduation.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2016
Sponsor: NBCC Foundation
National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) Inactive
Provides loan repayment assistance to medical students and dental students who agree to provide services in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) of greatest need.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 20, 2016
Sponsor: National Health Service Corps
Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) Inactive
Awards funding to increase the number of advanced practice nurses who are prepared to meet the primary care needs of rural and underserved communities by providing traineeships to nurses who are pursuing advanced degrees as primary care nurse practitioners (NP) or nurse-midwives.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2016
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice Inactive
Offers a fellowship to foster the advancement of social justice through participation in healthcare advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many communities of color.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2016
Sponsor: Families USA
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
Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Inactive
The goal of the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake education to enter a health profession.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 15, 2015
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry Inactive
Provides funds to plan, develop, operate, or participate in, postdoctoral training programs in the fields of general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and dental public health. Programs should prepare postdoctoral trained dentists to practice in and lead new and innovative models of oral health care delivery to underserved and vulnerable groups.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 4, 2015
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, 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
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
Affordable Care Act State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) Inactive
Grants to States to assist them in providing support to health professions to repay educational debt who in turn agree to provide primary health services in Federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 29, 2014
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program Inactive
Provides graduate medical education payments to support community-based training. Payments will cover the costs of new residency programs in community-based ambulatory primary care settings.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 2, 2013
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Preventive Medicine and Public Health Training Grant Inactive
Grants to plan, develop, operate, or participate in an accredited residency internship program in preventative medicine or public health.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 28, 2012
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration
Primary Care Training and Enhancement Physician Assistant Training in Primary Care Program Inactive
Funding to support primary care curriculum and infrastructure development for physician assistant students and teachers.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 8, 2012
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration

Last Updated: 6/6/2017