Requirements of Health Professions Scholarship Graduates
Your IHS Scholarship Program Contract (IHS-818) [PDF - 45KB]
is a commitment to serve within the Indian health system. The contract states that you agree to perform a service obligation in a full-time clinical practice in your
health or allied health profession after graduation and/or completion of training. Your contract also states that you agree to provide one year of service for each year
of scholarship support received (or the part-time equivalent), with a two-year minimum service period.
You must adhere to IHS Scholarship Program policies and engage in full-time clinical practice in the career category for which you were awarded a Health
Professions scholarship, regardless of the policies of your service site. The IHS Scholarship Program has defined full-time practice as working a minimum of 80
hours every two-week period (for an average of at least 40 hours per week). The 80 hours may be compressed into no less than seven days, with no more than 12 hours
of work to be performed in any 24-hour period. Time spent in "on-call" status will not count toward the 80 hours. Hours worked over the required 80 hours per
two-week period will not be applied to any other workweek. You must be engaged in direct clinical services for no less than 64 hours every two-week period (32 hours
per one week) with no more than 16 hours every two weeks (8 hours per one week) being spent on administrative or other assignments.
No more than seven weeks (35 workdays) per service year can be spent away from the practice for vacation, holidays, continuing professional education, illness or
any other reason. Absences greater than seven weeks in a service year or any absent without leave (AWOL) period will not count toward the service obligation.
You are required to notify the IHS Scholarship Program immediately if you accrue absences greater than the seven weeks allowed so that your service end-date may
be recalculated. You are also required to provide an Annual Status Report (IHS-856-16) [PDF - 90KB]
within 30 days of the anniversary of your hire date and have it signed by your supervisor or HR specialist along with a copy of your Leave Report Summary, for each year
that you fulfill your service obligation.
Download the IHS Scholarship Program Recipient Handbook [PDF - 3,724KB]
and Policies and Procedures Clarifications memo [PDF - 174KB] for detailed information regarding IHS Scholarship Program
service obligation requirements and policies.