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National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP)



Application Deadline: May 11, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Awards competitive scholarships for students pursuing eligible primary care health professional training resulting in one of the following degrees:

  • Medicine (MD or DO)
  • Dentistry (DDS or DMD)
  • A postgraduate degree or postgraduate certificate from a school or program in nurse-midwifery education (CNM), physician assistant (PA) education, or nurse practitioner (NP) education specializing in adult medicine, family medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, psychiatric-mental health, or women's health.

Scholarships are awarded to students in exchange for a full-time service commitment at a NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years.

NHSC Scholarship Program fact sheet

Amount of Funding

Provides scholarship support to pay for tuition and eligible fees, other reasonable educational expenses, and a monthly stipend in exchange for a minimum of two years of full-time service at an NHSC-approved site, up to a maximum of four years.

Additional service obligation and contract period information is in the program guidance.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. born or naturalized, or U.S. national
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student
  • Be attending or accepted to attend one of the following accredited schools or programs in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory:
    • Physician
    • Dentist
    • Nurse practitioner
    • Nurse-midwife
    • Physician assistant
  • Attend a school located in a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory
  • Be eligible for federal employment
  • Not have an existing service obligation
  • Submit a complete application

To be qualified, eligible applicants must also meet additional selection factors that include:

  • Demonstrating a history of honoring prior legal obligations, which includes a credit check as part of the application review process
  • The ability to excel and maintain good academic performance
  • A commitment to a career in primary care and working in underserved communities, which is evaluated through essay questions and recommendation letters
  • Not having judgement liens arising from a federal debt
  • Not being currently excluded, debarred, suspended, or disqualified by a federal agency

NHSC will follow the funding priorities outlined below for eligible, qualified applicants when making scholarship awards:

  • Current or former NHSC scholarship recipients who are seeking, and are eligible for, additional support for the 2021-2022 school year or through their date of graduation
  • Applicants who have characteristics that indicate a likelihood the applicant will remain in a HPSA
  • Applicants who come from a disadvantaged background

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Financial Aid for Healthcare Workforce

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other relevant information can be found on the program website. Submit an application through the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) portal.

Application and program guidance


For questions:
TTY at 877-897-9910
Online contact form
Bureau of Health Workforce Customer Service Portal

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce