Apply Now for the NIH Loan Repayment Programs


If you are a researcher who has incurred significant educational debt, then the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are for you.  In exchange for a two-year commitment to conduct biomedical or behavioral research funded by a nonprofit or government institution, the awards repay up to $35,000 of student loan debt annually. On average, nearly 40 percent of all new LRP applications are funded and the awards are renewable. To apply, visit The 2013 application cycle opens Sept. 1 and closes Nov. 15 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Who and What We Fund

To qualify for this program–

  • your research must fit within one of five program areas
    • clinical research
    • pediatric research
    • health disparities research
    • contraception and infertility research
    • clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. 
  • possess a doctoral-level degree (with the exception of the contraception and infertility research LRP)
  • devote at least 20 hours per week to research funded by a domestic nonprofit, university or government entity
  • have educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20 percent of your annual institutional base salary
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Interested in Applying?

Here are some helpful resources:

For additional assistance, call or e-mail the LRP Information Center at (866) 849-4047 or Also, receive application cycle updates through Twitter @NIH_LRP or Facebook.

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