Scholarships and Grants | ADHA - American Dental Hygienists Association

Education & Research

Scholarships and Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH) was created to provide educational scholarships, fellowships, research grants and community service grants to dental hygienists throughout the country. As an ADHA member, you can obtain funding for your academic and professional career and expand your leadership potential by applying for a scholarship or grant that meets your specific goals.


The primary focus of the program is to provide financial assistance to dental hygiene students and dental hygienists who can demonstrate a commitment to further the discipline of dental hygiene through academic achievement, professional excellence, and a desire to improve the public's overall health.

Research Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health Research Grant Program provides funding for research projects focused on dental hygiene. The purpose of the grant is to promote the oral health of the public by improving dental hygiene education and practice. In addition, grants should advance dental hygiene through original research that expands upon the dental hygiene body of knowledge and encourages the delivery of quality oral health care.

Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health Community Service grants provide support to programs throughout the country that provide low- or no-cost oral hygiene care and education to at-risk and low-income populations. Community Service Grants are awarded annually and designed to empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s oral health.


The American Dental Hygienists’ Association Institute for Oral Health (ADHA Institute) Fellowship Grant Program was established as a means of specifically supporting the professional advancement of dental hygiene educators. The John C. Thiel Faculty Research Fellowship program is the only current fellowship offered by the ADHA Institute.

Two fellowships of not more than $5,000 will be awarded annually to faculty members pursuing a Master of Science degree in dental hygiene education or doctoral work. The award is available to faculty members in the United States interested in research complementing the ADHA National Research Agenda