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NIH Loan Repayment Programs

Do you have outstanding student loan debt? The congressionally-established National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Programs (NIH LRP) are designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. Successful applicants will have up to $50,000 annually of qualified educational debt repaid by the NIH in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. The success rate for the NIH LRP hovers around 50% year to year.

There are five specific program areas for the NIH Loan Repayment Program: Clinical Research, Pediatric Research, Health Disparities Research, Contraception and Infertility Research and Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds. Interested? Check out the application process interactive roadmap.

The online application period is September 1, 2020 through November 15, 2020 (5pm local time).

For more information, review the NIH LRP website. If you have questions or are interested in applying, please contact Tara Mleynek, at

Last Updated: 9/1/20