Race, Ethnicity and Citizenship

 Recommendation Letters

 Filing the Application

Reporting Scholarship Award/Stipend to the IRS


Q. Are international students and permanent residents eligible for NMF programs?

A. No, only United States citizens and current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients are eligible to apply to participate in NMF programs. 

Q. Am I eligible to apply for an NMF scholarship if I attend an international USaccredited medical school?

A. No, you must attend an accredited medical school located in one of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, in order to be eligible to become an NMF Scholar.

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Race, Ethnicity and Citizenship

Q. I was born in the United States (or a US protectorate) as were my parents. Do I still need to submit proof of citizenship?

A. Yes, all applicants are required to provide proof of citizenship or current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status.

Q. What does NMF consider acceptable proof of United States citizenship?

A. All applicants are required to provide proof of citizenship. A US birth certificate or a current US passport, a copy of your USCIS certificate of naturalization, or a voter’s registration card (accompanied by a picture ID) are acceptable forms of proof of citizenship. If you have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, then a current letter of status confirmation is acceptable.

Q. I qualify as a Native American, but do not have “proof.” How can I obtain proof?

A. If you are a member of a tribe recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) you must apply through BIA for a number. If you cannot obtain BIA certification, then you must submit either a letter from the tribal council (on official letterhead), or documentation of ancestry (i.e. birth records or birth certificates for parents or grandparents)

 Q. What does NMF consider an underrepresented student of medicine?

A. Underrepresented students of medicine are racial/ethnic groups whose representation among health professionals is disproportionately low compared to their proportion of the general population.

In determination of eligibility for participation in its programs, NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as “underrepresented students of medicine”:

  • African American/Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only)
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Recommendation Letters

Q. Whom should I ask to write letters of recommendation?

A. Recommendation letters should be written by individuals who know your academic career and, more importantly, your community service experiences in school and elsewhere. For some service-learning programs, you must include a letter of recommendation from a Dean, faculty member, or chief administrative officer of your academic program.

Q. Can applicants submit more than the requested number of recommendations?

A. Please submit only the requested number of recommendations. Additional letters will not be reviewed. 

Q. How will the letters of recommendations be submitted?

A. Applicants will receive instructions on how to submit recommendation letters when completing their online application.

Q. If my recommendation letters have not been submitted by the deadline, will my application still be reviewed?

A. It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow-up with recommenders to assure they submit the letters by the application deadline.

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Filing the Application

Q. Why does NMF require detailed financial information from applicants?

A. Without the benefit of large endowment funds, NMF must annually raise funding for scholarships. Funding is limited and thus we must target it to those who have the greatest documented financial need. We factor in all the applicant’s financial resources, including grants/scholarships received from the medical school and/or other sources. 

Q. Can I apply for an NMF program more than once?

A. Yes, you can reapply for an NMF program as long as you meet all the program criteria. You must submit all the required information even if it was previously submitted with the first application. 

Q. Can I apply for more than one NMF program?

A. Yes, you may apply to any and all NMF programs for which you are eligible. If awarded to participate in more than one program, you may do so as long as the programs do not occur simultaneously. If you have questions about participating in multiple programs, please email or

Q. I have been wait-listed for admission to medical school and will not know my status until sometime in August. Can I still apply for NMF scholarship programs?

A. Yes, you may still submit an application for NMF scholarship programs. However, your application will only be considered after you submit a copy of the official notification from the school that explains you have been admitted and enrolled in the school. In addition, you will also be required to submit verification of medical school enrollment. As a part of your application, you must submit your undergraduate transcript. 

Q. I am enrolled in a dual-degree [BA/MD, BS/MD] program: am I eligible for NMF support?

A. Yes, but you will not be eligible to apply for any NMF award until you have entered the third year of your dual-degree program or are considered an enrolled medical student.

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Reporting Scholarship Award/Stipend to the IRS

Q. Do I have to report my scholarship award/stipend on my federal taxes?

A. As a nonprofit organization, NMF does not provide financial advising to students who receive funds and is not responsible for individual tax decisions. If you are concerned about how to report your earnings to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), please consult with your accountant or tax management service. Below are some free, online resources:

Please note that National Medical Fellowships (NMF) has no relationship with the above resources, and does not endorse any public or private financial advising services therein.

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