Indiana's AHEC Scholars program: A Community Healthcare Fellowship 

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AHEC Scholars: Community Healthcare Fellows Application
The Indiana Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Network’s Scholars program will prepare students to more effectively enter the health professions workforce. AHEC Scholars is designed specifically for applicants who have a strong interest in providing care to those living in rural and medically underserved communities across Indiana in professions such as: physicians, nurses, physician assistants, public health practitioners, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dentists, and other allied health occupations.

AHEC Scholars offers online learning units and community-based experiences designed to give health professions students a deeper understanding of rural and urban healthcare, caring for underserved populations, and the importance of practice transformation in a clinical care setting. Fellows will focus on five core issues – behavioral health integration, cultural competency, interprofessional education, practice transformation, and social determinants of health.

The fellowship pays a stipend of $1500 to help support the two-year experience ($750/year to be paid upon completion of each year)

The Fellow is expected to participate in 40 hours of online learning units, along with 40 hours of team-based community experiences per year. Timing of the team-based community experiences will be dependent upon the selected cohorts availability.  

Applicants must have their own transportation and housing in the region/s where they apply (for the community experience). Housing is NOT provided.  Applicants should only indicate the AHEC region(s) that would be within driving distance given his/her housing situation. 

Fellows will be expected to complete short evaluations following each educational and community-based experience. Fellows are also expected to respond to AHEC on an annual basis upon completion of the PTLF for updates on practice location and related activities.

This is a competitive application process with selection based on experience, interest in underserved populations, and flexibility in placement location.  

Program Start Date: September 10, 2018 

Application Deadline: This application, your essay questions, and your resume must be submitted by  August 15, 2018 (deadline extended).  

Requirements for Participation:

  • Must be in the final two years of an accredited health professions program. (Two-year degree programs are eligible to apply.) Graduation year must be in 2020.
  • Must have reliable transportation - this program includes multiple site visits across the selected AHEC region.
  • Must be willing to submit to a criminal background check and drug screening.
  • Must be available to participate for two years. 
  • Must be available to participate in 40 hours of online learning units and 40 hours of team-based community experiences per year (for two years).
  • Must submit program evaluations related to fellowship activities. 
  • Must be able to provide the necessary paperwork (such as W-9 and direct deposit form) to receive the annual stipend of $750 that supports participation in AHEC Scholars. 
  • Must be willing to respond to AHEC upon completion of the AHEC Scholars on an annual basis for updates on practice location and activities. 
Preference given to legal residents of Indiana.

If you have questions, please contact: or call (317) 278-0310

Personal Information

  • You are (or will be) the first generation in your family to attend college.
  • You are a 21st Century Scholar or currently receive Scholarship or Loan for Disadvantaged Students.
  • While growing up, you or your family ever used federal or state assistance programs (such as: free or reduced school lunch, WIC, subsidized housing, food stamps, Medicaid or Hoosier Healthwise, etc.).
  • While growing up, you lived where there were few medical providers at a convenient distance. 

Do not abbreviate.

Please indicate health profession program not listed.

Ex: MD, BSN, MPH, DPT, DDS, etc.

Region Selection:

AHEC Scholars will select 15 students per region. These regions will serve as the base of the team-based community experiences. 

Please answer the following two essay questions.

You may either upload your responses in a single  document or use the provided text-boxes below.