UPDATE: Click here to access the Loan Repayment Program Technical Assistance webinar that NIMHD hosted on September 15, 2016.
By Dorothy M. Castille, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator, NIMHD Division of Scientific Programs
Education is the foundation of our nation’s biomedical research enterprise. But a college education is expensive, and a post-graduate education is even more expensive, with the average cost of medical, veterinary, and dental school totaling more than $200,000. In exchange for a commitment to conduct biomedical or behavioral research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will repay up to $70,000 of student loan debt (over two years) per two-year contract through the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs).
If you are a qualified health professional who agrees to engage in NIH mission–relevant research for at least 20 hours per week at a nonprofit or government institution, you may be eligible to apply to one of the five extramural LRPs:
- Clinical Research Extramural LRP: Patient-oriented research conducted with human subjects
- Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds Extramural LRP: Research conducted by clinical investigators from disadvantaged backgrounds
- Contraception and Infertility Research Extramural LRP: Research on conditions affecting the ability to conceive and bear young
- Health Disparities Research Extramural LRP: Research that focuses on minority and other health disparity populations
- Pediatric Research Extramural LRP: Research that is directly related to diseases, disorders, and other conditions in children