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Predoctoral Pediatric Training in General Dentistry and Dental Hygiene



Application Deadline: Jan 30, 2017

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Provides funding to plan, develop, and operate predoctoral training programs in general dentistry and dental hygiene. Supports education and training centered on providing high-quality oral healthcare to children between 0 and 5 years of age with special emphasis given to pediatric populations from vulnerable, underserved, or rural areas.

Funds may be used to:

  • Integrate or improve pediatric dental or dental hygiene training in students' core curriculum
  • Expand or improve the community-based, clinical experiences of dental or dental hygiene students with pediatric groups
  • Incorporate population health and the social determinants of health into the training programs

The BHW encourages applicants to implement innovative programs that encourage and support dental or dental hygiene students who are veterans, from underrepresented groups, or from rural or disadvantaged backgrounds.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $300,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: Up to 5
Estimated total annual program funding: $1,500,000

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are entities that are capable of carrying out such grants to plan, develop, operate, or participate in an approved professional training program in the field of dentistry and dental hygiene for dental and dental hygiene students. Eligible applicants include:

  • Accredited schools of dentistry and dental hygiene
  • Public or non-profit hospitals
  • Other public or private not-for-profit entities
  • Faith-based and community-based organizations
  • Community colleges
  • Tribes and tribal organizations

All applicants and partner organizations must be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) to be eligible for funding.

Current recipients of Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene awards are not eligible to apply.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other relevant information can be found in the funding announcement.


For business, administrative, or fiscal questions:
Oksana Cobb

For programmatic or technical questions:
Jesse Ungard

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received can be found on the program website by searching the program name "Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene."

Communities who have received funding to address the healthcare needs in rural areas include:

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Pediatric Dentistry (DPD) received funding to enable undergraduate dental students to gain experience caring for young children from minority, rural, and developmentally disabled populations.
  • University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UHM) in Honolulu received grant money to increase the number of oral health professionals providing care to children 0-5 years of age in rural and/or underserved areas of the state.
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry (UIC, COD) was awarded funding to offer improved education and training to predoctoral dental students, emphasizing the oral health needs and care of vulnerable, underserved, and rural communities.
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor received grant funds to lengthen dental student rotations from 9 to 12 weeks to improve clinical pediatric predoctoral dental training and offer enhanced oral healthcare to vulnerable, underserved, and rural children.

Topics This Program Addresses

Education and Training • Healthcare Workforce • Parents, Families, and Children • Veterans