NIH Loan Repayment Programs

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) encourage promising researchers and scientists to pursue research careers by repaying up to $35,000 of their qualified student loan debt each year, through either extramural or intramural LRPs.

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Description

Research scientists develop treatments and discover cures for diseases and disorders that affect us all. More researchers are needed to meet today’s critical health needs. The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) encourage promising researchers and scientists to pursue research careers by repaying up to $35,000 of their qualified student loan debt each year.

Extramural LRPs

Repayment for researchers and scientists conducting research at universities and other nonprofit organizations. Programs include:

  • Clinical research.
  • Pediatric research.
  • Health Disparities research.
  • Contraception and infertility research.
  • Clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Intramural LRPs

Repayment for NIH employee researchers. Programs include:

  • AIDS research.
  • Clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • General research for ACGME fellows.

We strongly encourage you to learn about the NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) related to your respective area(s) of research. Visit the IC websites, review their missions and research priorities, and contact the LRP liaisons using the IC Contacts and Research Priorities List.

Your research goals need to be within the mission of NIH and scope of the LRPs. You do not need an NIH grant to participate in the NIH Loan Repayment Programs.

Eligibility

Check individual programs for eligibility requirements at the NIH Load Repayment Programs website.

How to Apply