NHSC Scholarship

National Health Service Corps Scholarship

Eligibility and Benefits

The National Health Service Corps of the United States Public Health Service offers the following educational support to selected scholarship applicants: Payment of full tuition and required fees, a single payment for other reasonable educational expenses, and a monthly stipend. You must be a citizen of the United States to apply and must submit proof of citizenship with your application.

Service Obligation

For each year of support you would be obligated to practice for one year in a federally-designated, high-priority Health Manpower Shortage Area of the United States. (Minimum obligation is two years.) Service ares include rural community health centers, the rural health care facilities of the Indian Health Service, and the medical facilities of the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons.  For information about finding a location to serve after residency, please see the NHSC website.


Selection priority will be given to

  • former recipients of the NHSC Scholarship or the EFN Scholarship from their school of medicine;
  • applicants with those characteristics that increase the probability they will continue to practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area after they complete their service obligation;
  • applicants with second priority features who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

How to Obtain Detailed Information and Application Material

You may request an application from the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program directly at 1-800-221-9393.

Also, see the program website, http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting completed applications to the Department of Health and Human Services is generally in March.