Domestic Short Term Mission Scholarship Information


There is a tremendous need for physicians and dentists to serve among the poor, marginalized, and underserved here in the United States.  Christian clinics serving these communities exist all over the country, but staffing is often a challenge. Students and residents are more likely to serve in these facilities after completing their training if they’ve had exposure to these opportunities during their training.  This scholarship provides funds to assist with travel, housing, and rotation fees for students, trainees, and residents engaging in a domestic mission rotation/ clerkship/ preceptorship of at least 4 weeks duration.


You must be:

  1. A CMDA member
  2. Medical and dental students, residents, and fellows.
  3. Pre-med or pre-dental juniors or seniors are also eligible (undergraduate students are not required to be CMDA members)
  4. Rotation length of at least 4 full work weeks in a Christian clinic or facility in the United States
  5. Demonstrate financial need to enable project participation.
  6. Priority is given to applicants who will be working in CCHF facilities during their rotation
  7. Priority is also given to those who are open to/ interested in longer term domestic mission service in the future



Applications are reviewed quarterly. Your application must be received at least three months before your trip, but additional lead time is helpful in ensuring any funds awarded are sent out before you travel. Applications must be submitted online via the form on this page.



Awards will be announced by email one month after each deadline. The amount of the grant is for transportation and project-related expenses.

  • Up to $1,000 per individual


Funds must be used for participation in a domestic missionary medical preceptorship, clerkship or similar experience of four weeks or more in duration arranged by the recipient for completion within twelve months from the date of award.  Funds must be applied to fees related to the rotation/ clerkship, such as administrative fees, room, board, and travel.

Recipients are required to submit a 1-2 page typewritten report to CMDA within 30 days after completion of the rotation, including photographs if possible. The report should contain the following:

  • One memorable patient story and outcome
  • One spiritual insight gleaned along the way
  • One breakthrough in regard to language, culture, local life
  • One takeaway for your life moving forward

Due to limited funding, this program is not intended to duplicate other award programs where funding has been given.  Where partial funding has been provided from other sources, our award would be limited to the amount necessary to meet (but not exceed) full travel and project-related expenses. If full funding has been provided by other organizations, churches, mission board or foundation awards, applicants are requested to notify the Christian Medical & Dental Associations immediately, withdrawing their application in order that other applicants may be funded.

For questions, please contact Administrative Assistant-Volunteer for Center for Advancing Healthcare Missions.

Contact the Administrative Assistant/Volunteer for the Center for Advancing Healthcare Missions:

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Online Application:

Before an application will be considered, a letter of recommendation from the applicant's pastor or CMDA staff member must be submitted.  The letter should highlight the applicant's spiritual maturity and involvement in ministry, passion for evangelism and your ability to work in a missions context, be it domestic or international. For undergraduate students, an additional letter of recommendation is required from their pre-med or pre-dental advisor.  This letter should attest to the fact that the applicant is a strong candidate for medical or dental school.  Please send letter(s) of reference to

  • Application

    Before completing this application, please thoroughly read the guidelines for this award. Please give thoughtful and complete responses to every question. If after submitting you do not receive a message thanking you for completing the application, please contact the Administrative Assistant/Volunteer for the Center for Advancing Healthcare Missions.
  • For security reasons, you may call CMDA at 423-844-1000 to verbally submit your social security number after you complete and submit this online application.
  • If married, please list spouse's name and whether they'll be traveling with you.
  • Rotation / Clerkship Details

  • Start date of intended service.
  • I understand that if my application is accepted, I will be responsible for my own actions, and further agree to release CMDA and waive any claims of whatever nature against CMDA arising from any act of any person, corporation or entity not under the direct supervision and control of CMDA. I have read and understood the conditions of this scholarship, agree to abide by them and accept full responsibility should I receive an award. Before submitting your application, please copy your application from this page and save it to a Word document. If after submitting you do not receive a message thanking you for completing the application, please contact the Administrative Assistant/Volunteer for the Center for Advancing Healthcare Missions. Thank you for your patience.