CityDoctors Scholarship Program

CityDoctors Scholarship Program

What is the CityDoctors Scholarship Program?

The CityDoctors Scholarship program awards full and partial-tuition scholarships to US citizen/permanent resident students.

  • The demand for physicians, especially in urban areas, is expected to increase as the current physician workforce ages and retires.
  • The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) predicts a shortage of 46,000-90,000 physicians by 2025*.

SGU is committed to helping alleviate this shortage by providing opportunities for students to start their post residency careers in an urban environment.


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Giving Back to Urban Communities

CityDoctors, a collaborative effort between St. George’s University and its affiliated hospitals, is a scholarship program designed to attract and educate the best and brightest students to become doctors committed to serving in urban hospitals.

NYC Health + Hospitals

Serve the people of NYC by becoming a doctor through the CityDoctors Scholarship Program.

  • Cooperative effort between NYC Health + Hospitals and St. George’s University.
  • Must be a resident of NYC, have graduated from a NYC High school or college, or have an affiliation with a NYC Health + Hospitals’ public hospital or health center.
  • Requires a commitment to work in one of the 11 public hospitals under NYC Health + Hospitals following graduation.
  • Full and partial scholarships offered
  • Competitive scholarships with a limited number awarded each year

Each year, NYC Health + Hospitals will provide academic and needs-based full and partial tuition scholarships to attend St. George’s University School of Medicine.

As part of their scholarship and continued education, each student commits to giving back to the city by applying for a position as an attending physician at one of NYC Health + Hospital’s New York hospitals and diagnostic centers.

If selected, the recipient will commit to employment with NYC Health + Hospitals for the amount of years the scholarships was provided.

Eligibility for the CityDoctors Scholarship Program

Full and partial scholarship recipients will be selected jointly by St. George’s University Scholarship Committee and NYC Health and Hospitals and awarded to eligible* incoming students accepted to St. George’s University School of Medicine Doctor of Medicine program in January:

In order to qualify for the scholarship, applicant must be a first-time incoming SGU student, a US citizen or US Permanent Resident, and meet one or more of the following criteria:

Eligible students can apply for this scholarship at any time during the admissions process. Students must be admitted prior to the deadline to be considered for the award. 

The application will include:

  • An Essay. Each student is required to compose an essay on why they deserve this scholarship, how they plan to benefit the Healthcare System of The City of New York through their attending positions at an NYC Health + Hospitals affiliated hospital.
  • Financial Aid Information. Each student is required to fill out a FAFSA. Further documentation may be requested
  • Each student is required to sign a FERPA release form allowing St. George’s University to share academic and financial information with NYC Health + Hospitals.

One full scholarship will be awarded through each affiliated hospital which takes ≥ 24 SGU students per year (there are currently 11 hospitals). Each hospital has a limited number of full, half and partial tuition scholarships. The number of scholarships is competitive with a limited number per year.

In return for accepting the scholarship:

  • Student will commit to applying through the central office for a position as an attending physician at one of the NYC Health + Hospital’s Corporation hospitals and diagnostic centers. It is up to the discretion of NYC Health + Hospitals to extend an offer of employment. If hired, student will commit to an attending position for the amount of years the scholarship was provided (four years for a full scholarship; two years for a half scholarship). If for some reason the student is unable to fulfill this commitment, the scholarship will revert to a loan to be paid back to NYC Health + Hospitals. Students will sign an agreement to the terms of the convertible loan when he or she accepts the scholarship.
  • Student must maintain the regular academic standards set forth by St. George’s School of Medicine.
  • Recipient must obtain an accredited post graduate residency program.

To Apply for a CityDoctors Scholarship

Download your application, complete in full, and follow the instructions below:

Write an essay that explains your professional goals as a physician and your commitment to post residency training at a NYC Health+ Hospital (H+H) affiliated hospital.

Complete all questions that apply to you. Failure to complete all questions will result in an incomplete status.

All students applying for the HNYC Health + Hospitals Scholarship program must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Further documentation may be requested.

Return all documents in a single attachment to:

Please note:
Applications will not be processed until all requirements of the application have been fulfilled and the applicant has been accepted into the St. George’s University School Doctor of Medicine program. For more information on the application process and requirements for admissions please visit

Speak with our scholarships manager to discuss your eligibility for a customized scholarship package

Jaime Surace  |  Manager, Scholarships  |  +1 631 665-8500 x1277  |