Johnson Short-Term Mission Scholarship Information

For M.D. and D.O. Residents


To encourage MD/DO residents and fellows to serve the underserved cross-culturally and in doing so to seek the Lord's will for their lifetime involvement in medical missions.


You must be:

  1. A CMDA member
  2. An MD/DO resident or fellow
  3. Able to demonstrate financial need to enable project participation


Funds must be used for participation in a missionary medical or dental preceptorship, clerkship or similar clinical experience arranged by the resident for completion within 12 months from the date of the award.

Recipients are required to submit a typewritten report to CMDA within 30 days after completion of the overseas experience, including photographs. The report should contain a summary of activities and an assessment of the value of the experience for the resident. Both the report and photos will be kept on file unless specified otherwise.

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.

MD/DO residents or fellows will be eligible for only one (1) Johnson Short Term Medical Mission Scholarship award throughout their residency.


Applications will generally be processed within a week of being received. Awards will be announced by email. The amount of the grant is for transportation and project-related expenses up to $1,000 per person or $2,000 per married couple.




Applications are reviewed each month. Your application must be submitted by the deadline prior to your trip.

For questions, please contact CMDA's Executive Assistant using the form on this page.

Contact the CMDA Executive Assistant:

*All items marked with an asterisk are required.


Online Application:

Before an application will be considered, a letter of recommendation from the applicant's pastor must be submitted. The letter should highlight the applicant's spiritual maturity and involvement in ministry. The reference is an attempt to do a 360-degree look at you from those who have good knowledge of your calling, spiritual commitment, passion for evangelism and your ability to work in an overseas missionary context. If your pastor is not able to provide this information, please select someone who could. The letter of reference should be sent to CMDA's Executive Assistant using the form on this page.


Before completing this application, please thoroughly read the guidelines for this award. Please give thoughtful and complete responses to every question.

*Have you read through the guidelines for this scholarship?

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.

*Have you had any previous experience abroad - medical, dental or other?

*Will this clinical experience provide elective credit toward your healthcare degree?

*Do you have a valid passport?

*How many times have you received CMDA scholarship funding?

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 CMDA's Executive Assistant at 423-844-1000. Thank you for your patience.

*All items marked with an asterisk are required.