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Selection Criteria

IHS utilizes a ranking system to address the goal of filling staff vacancies in Indian health programs when granting LRP awards. This system assigns priority consideration to Indian health program sites with the greatest staffing needs in specific health profession disciplines. Visit the Site Scores page for a list of site scores in your health profession discipline.

If rankings are equal, applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria will receive priority consideration:

  • American Indians/Alaska Natives – IHS gives priority to applications of American Indians and Alaska Natives and to individuals recruited through the efforts of Indian Tribes and Tribal or Indian organizations.
  • Current service – Current LRP participants requesting contract extensions receive priority over new awards.
  • IHS Scholarship Program participants who have complete their service commitment.
  • Current employment in an IHS, Tribal or Urban Indian program.
  • Date of availability for service (first come, first served).
  • Date the LRP received the application.

Applying to sites that have the highest scores (greatest need) can improve your chances for selection.

If you do not receive an LRP award, please visit the following websites to explore other avenues for loan repayment: