Bureau of Health Workforce Funding Opportunities

Centers of Excellence

This program provides grants to accredited schools offering graduate programs that serve minorities including African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians and Native Alaskans who are under-represented within the health professions.

The grants must be used to link with schools of higher education, school districts and other community-based entities with the goal of establishing an expanded applicant pool for health professionals. Funds can be used for training programs to enhance the academic performance of under-represented minority students, provide fellowships to graduate students, improve the recruitment and retention of under-represented minority faculty, and provide training at community-based health facilities located at sites remote from main teaching facilities.

Health Careers Opportunity Program

The Health Careers Opportunity Program provides grants to help public and private nonprofit health profession schools and training programs fund programs that target students with disadvantaged backgrounds (i.e. economic, cultural, academic). Institutions applying for the grants must develop a pipeline for developing partnerships between institutions of higher education, school districts and other community-based organizations. Components of the programs can include recruitment efforts, financial aid outreach, scholarships and stipends, and work/study with community-based primary care providers.

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

This program provides scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in health professions and nursing programs. Qualified applicants include those enrolled in graduate programs in behavioral and mental health practice, which include clinical social work, professional counseling, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy.

Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients and determining the amount needed by each recipient. Scholarship applicants can apply only at schools that participate in the Scholarships for Disadvantaged program and interested students must contact the student financial aid office at the school he/she is enrolled in or plans to apply to for admission.

Faculty Loan Repayment Program

This program encourages the expansion of disadvantaged representation in the health professions faculty positions. The program provides repayment of loans for up to $40,000/year for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who agree to serve as faculty members at eligible nursing and health profession schools. Each program recipient must agree to serve at least two years.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be from a disadvantaged background.

  • Have a degree in allopathic or osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing or another health profession including graduate programs in behavioral and mental health practice (clinical psychology, clinical social work, professional counseling and marriage and family therapy).

  • Be enrolled in an approved health professions graduate training program.

  • Full-time or part-time faculty position for a minimum of two years (at an eligible health professions school).