DOH Medical Scholarship | Requirements and Qualifications

The DOH Medical Scholarship Program aims to increase the availability of physicians and other priority health care professionals who shall provide quality basic health care services to the un-served, underserved, hard to reach, economically underdeveloped, distressed, conflict and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) of the country.

Qualifications for DOH Medical Scholarship

Minimum qualifications required for application to the program are as follows:

  1. Must be a natural-born or naturalized Filipino citizen;
  2. Must be of good moral character;
  3. Must have passed the admission requirements, standards and policies of the chosen school as well as the other requirements of the DOH;
  4. Must not have availed of any other scholarship grants or with return service obligation at the time of application or at the same period;
  5. Priority shall be given to any of the following:
    • Applicants residing in GIDA and indigenous communities as certified by concerned government agencies (eg. National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Local Government Unit (LGU))
    • Those belonging to the minority sector (e.g., Indigenous People)
    • Dependents of government employees, Barangay Health Workers and Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA)
    • Victims of calamities, children/dependents of police/soldiers fatally wounded/killed while on duty.

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Benefits of DOH Medical Scholarship

The DOH shall grant to the Scholar a package that includes the following:

  • Tuition fees, laboratory, miscellaneous and other related school fees which shall be paid directly to the partner school.
  • Subsidy and allowances which shall be paid directly to scholars.

DOH Medical Scholarship Benefits

Inclusion: Enrolment to PhilHealth Insurance for 18 years old and above in the amount of Php200.00 per month.

DOH Partner Schools in Different Regions

The list of DOH Partner Schools can be found in this LINK.

Application Process | How to Apply

  1. Applicants shall apply directly to the DOH partner school of their choice preferably within or near the province or region of residence, if available.(Please see List of DOH Partner Schools). He/ she shall undergo screening and selection process as defined by the partner school for admission to the program/course;
  2. The partner school endorses the list of scholarship applicants to the DOH RO within the region for evaluation and validation;
  3. RO shall endorse the results of validation with a recommendation to HHRDB for evaluation and recommendation for approval by the Pre- Service Scholarship Program Management Committee;
  4. HHRDB shall endorse the list of approved/accepted scholars to concerned ROs for coordination with partner schools to facilitate the enrolment of scholars;
  5. The partner school through the school scholarship coordinator shall notify the applicant on the status of their application. All accepted scholars shall be enrolled accordingly. Likewise, the partner school shall submit the list of enrolled scholars to respective ROs for documentation; and
  6. RO shall endorse the list of enrolled scholars to HHRDB for issuance of the Department Personnel Order.

For other concerns and inquiries, please contact Career and Development Management Division at (02) 651 7800 locals 4227 or at (02) 743 1776 or through email [email protected].

Source: DOH Department Memorandum No. 0144 Series of 2018


  1. I hope the program doesnt require an nmat of 90% or more and UP as the preferred school? otherwise it will be a failure why put the burden on IPs like my daughter wen not all DOH docs has thesame qualification but are performing well.

  2. Hello Po… currently andito Po ako ngayon sa Hongkong working as a domestic helper separated Po ako ask ko lang po if pwede po bang mag apply yung anak ko gusto po niyang kumuha ng nursing ngayon nasa Grade 10 mailman po ba pwedeng mg apply? Thanks in advance. Hoping for reply.

  3. I’m from region I and i really wanted to apply for the medical scholarship, I’m a research enthusiast and I think this scholarship is blessing for somebody who wish to promote service to humanity. Sana pwedeng mag apply online sa partner schools, since hindi lahat ng may pangarap ay taga Vigan. “this is just my opinion since im working in metro manila and it’s really hard for me to travel going to Vigan.
    Thank you!!!

  4. Good evening Im Cathy Deatras 24 years old. Im interested to apply for the scholarship given by the DOH. Im residing at Iloilo City Proper and include in indigent people who need this oppurtunity to become a doctor. I hope you will grant my name to be the one of your scholar. Thank you and God Bless.

  5. Hi po. I am a college graduate and now working. Is there a chance for me to be considered to avail the DOH Scholarship and to become a doctor?And if pwede po. What are the procedures?

  6. Sir/Maam ask ko lang po if pwede to sa may natapos na pong course? And nagplaplan po na mag aral ulit ng med? Thank you in advance

  7. I hope na sana palarin, para makatulong sa mga taong di naabot ng ibang tulong pangkalusugan sa kalayuan ng mga clinic at taong duty sa isang nasasakupan

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