The application for the 2020 NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) is now open at If you have applied for NMF support in the past, please remember to update your Applicant Information form to reflect the 2019-2020 school year.

In order to increase access to primary care for the underserved, the GE Foundation and National Medical Fellowships founded the Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) in 2012. PCLP provides future healthcare professionals with an opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of primary care practice in community health centers (CHCs) across the US. This program is open to medical students and graduate-level nursing and physician assistant students who are poised to become leaders in primary care.

In 2020, PCLP Site Partners are located in:

  • Boston, MA
  • Gateway Cities, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Oakland, CA

For six weeks, PCLP Scholars actively engage with a CHC Site Partner and PCLP mentors in leadership training, team-based project activities, and healthcare service delivery. 2020 programming in Boston and the Gateway Cities, MA will focus on substance use disorders (SUD), behavioral health integration, and combatting the opioid crisis. Programming in Chicago, IL and Houston, TX will focus on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and culturally competent care for patients living with or at risk of contracting HIV. Programming in Los Angeles CA, Miami FL, and Oakland CA will be Site Partner-specific and generalized to primary care in CHC settings.

Scholars each receive a $5,000 scholarship stipend that is expected to cover travel, living, and lodging expenses during the service-learning experience period.

Please read below for more information, and contact us with any questions or concerns at

Application Timeline

The PCLP application is available at starting on November 1, 2019. The general application deadline for PCLP is January 17, 2020. Acceptance offers and alternate status for PCLP are typically extended by March 2020.

NMF is offering Early Decision admittance to PCLP in 2020. Students who apply Early Decision will be notified no later than January 2020 with either an acceptance offer or alternate status. Alternates will be considered for the March 2020 decision date. Accepted Early Decision applicants will have one week to commit to PCLP or they will be moved to the alternate pool.

Acceptance of the Early Decision offer is a binding agreement to participate in PCLP during the assigned dates. Please note that if a student accepts a Scholar offer during Early Decision, then withdraws from their commitment, a formal letter of complaint will be sent to the student’s Dean and the student will be ineligible to apply for NMF awards for two years. The Early Decision application deadline is Friday, December 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific.

Applicant Resources

An informational presentation about PCLP and the application process was recorded on November 14, 2019. Visit GoToWebinar to view the recording. A PDF of the presentation slide deck is available here.

A flyer with general information about the 2020 program is available for download here. Please note that this information reflects program data as of November 8, 2019 and may be updated during the application cycle.

If you have questions or concerns, or would like to speak with a PCLP Alumnus about the program, please contact NMF Scholarships & Programs Associate, Colleen McLellan:, or 504.309.7380, ext. 203.

Program Eligibility

PCLP Scholar candidates must meet the following eligibility:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited medical school or graduate-level nursing or physician assistant program located in the U.S.
  • Identification as an underrepresented minority student* in healthcare and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged student
  • Demonstrated leadership early in career
  • Commitment to serving medically underserved communities

*NMF designates the following racial/ethnic groups as underrepresented minorities: African American, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American (including American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian), Asian American (Vietnamese and Cambodian only), and Pacific Islander.

Program Requirements

Scholars complete their program requirements during June and July, including a six-week on-site period. Program requirements include:

  • Program Orientation;
  • 200 service-learning hours at assigned CHC site placement;
  • Leadership Training, including one-on-one interactions with site leadership; attendance at management and other staff meetings; site leadership interviews; and participation in Leadership Seminar Series webinars;
  • PCLP Project, including a project proposal, report, and poster presentation;
  • Clinical Experience; and
  • Program Assessment