Scholarship and Externship Opportunities

To help achieve the vision that Alaska Native people are the healthiest people in the world, the Alaska Tribal Health System must also be healthy and progressive. ANTHC's Board of Directors established a fund to offer 10 $5,000 educational scholarships to qualified Alaska Native and American Indian students, including our staff, who are interested in health care careers.   

The Education, Development & Training (EDT) department at ANTHC has closed the scholarship application period for 2015-2016. Awards go towards the academic Fall 2015-Summer 2016 school year. This scholarship may be used for tuition, books, and fees for professional certificate programs or higher education degrees (Associates, Bachelors, Graduate and PhDs).

This scholarship award is open to all individuals who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Permanent Alaska residents
  • Interested in working in the healthcare field
  • Currently enrolled in a formal education or training program

Applications for the scholarship program will be available again during the 2016-2017 application period.  The projected dates for applications has not been announced at this time.

All awards for the 2015-2016 year will be announced in July, 2015 to the applicants.

If you have questions regarding the $5,000 Scholarship, please contact Josh Patton, HR Manager, at (907) 729-1333, or email the Education, Development and Training Department at


Indian Health Service (IHS) Educational Opportunities:

The Education, Development and Training (EDT) department facilitates the Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship and Externship programs for the Alaska Area. The scholarship provides selected recipients who are Alaska Native or American Indian with paid tuition, related fees, a small amount for travel and books, and a monthly stipend for living expenses. As the Alaska Area p Coordination office, we provide support and direction to applicants, continuing scholars, and liaison with the IHS Scholarship branch staff. The selection process and disbursement of scholarship funds is directly managed by the IHS Scholarships branch in Rockville, MD.

The IHS Scholarship program is a very competitive national scholarship program. It funds three (3) health career and allied health career scholarship programs:

  • Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship Program - Section 103 (b)(1)
  • Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship Program - Section 103 (b)(2)
  • Health Professions Scholarship Program - Section 104
Eligibility Requirements
  • IHS Scholarship Application and Required Forms
  • Must be Alaska Native/American Indian and provide documentation of tribal enrollment or proof of descent from a federally recognized tribe
  • Current Letter of Acceptance from selected educational institution listing declared degree or proof of application
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges attended or high school transcripts if less than 12 college credits have been earned

The IHS Scholarship program application cycle for the 2014-2015 academic year is currently CLOSED.  The application cycle is typically open between December – March. Please visit the IHS Scholarship website for next upcoming application dates.

The IHS Externship program provides IHS Scholarship recipients and other health professionals with opportunities to be employed as an IHS extern during any non-academic period for up to 120 days per calendar year.  As Alaska's statewide provider of Native health services, we are able to provide IHS Externs placement in our facilities where they can accumulate valuable work experience in their chosen health disciplines.  Please visit the IHS Extern program website for more information.

The IHS Externship program for the Summer 2015 application is currently CLOSED. Please come back September 1, 2015 to apply for the Winter application cycle.  Once the job listing is posted, you can log onto IHS Job Vacancies website and search "Student Extern" and "Anchorage, AK" for the posting.

If you have questions regarding these programs, please visit the IHS website.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Education, Development and Training Department
3900 Ambassador Drive, Suite 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Tel: (907) 729-1301
Fax: (907) 729-3638
Or email: