Physician leaders of tomorrow can shape our communities today.

We are proud of Kaiser Permanente’s social mission, research, clinical expertise, and leadership efforts in helping communities thrive. As part of this mission, we recognize the potential of future physicians and their contributions by offering $5,000 scholarships to fourth-year medical students selected for their demonstrated commitment to under-served communities.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Be a current third-year medical student in good academic standing who expects to graduate in the spring of 2019
  • Interested in seeking a residency in Northern California
  • Attend an accredited medical, osteopathic or podiatric school
  • Scholarship recipients will be encouraged to participate in a one-month clerkship at a Kaiser Permanente facility in Northern California during their fourth year of medical school

How to apply

  • Complete and submit the online application

Supporting documentation:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Short essay describing your community involvement and your commitment to under-served communities
  • Letter from medical, osteopathic or podiatric school confirming good academic¬†standing
  • Two letters of recommendation: one letter from a medical, osteopathic or podiatry school professor/clinician and one letter describing/supporting your work in under-served communities.¬† Letters may be submitted through the online application or emailed to residency[at] in PDF format.


  • Applications are accepted through December 4, 2017.
  • Candidates selected for final consideration will be invited to a phone interview in January/February.
  • Scholarship winners will be announced in February.
  • Awards will be presented to winners in person at an event in the fall of 2018.

The 2018 Kaiser Permanente Northern California Residency Programs Medical Student Scholarship Application has closed.

``I feel Kaiser sees the doctor I want to be. I am honored to be recognized for my accomplishments and to be supported by an organization like Kaiser Permanente.`` - Past Scholarship Recipient

Contact information

For questions regarding the scholarship, please contact Jennifer Ly.