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Name of Program:

NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP)

Program Web site:


Designation (Fund Source):


Eligible Specialties:

Scientists, researchers, physicians, and other health professionals holding an M.D., Ph.D., Psy.D., Pharm. D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.P.M., D.C., N.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited institution.

Service Requirements (formerly Service Stipulation):

NIH offers five extramural LRPs (where research is done outside of NIH at any non-profit institution); each requires a two-year commitment to conduct at least part-time research (minimum 20 hours per week average) in one of the following areas: Clinical Research, Pediatrics Research, Health Disparities Research, Contraception and Infertility Research, Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds. NIH offers three intramural LRPs (for NIH employees doing research at NIH); each requires a two- or three-year service commitment: General Research (3 years), AIDS Research (2 years), Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (2 years)

Who Can Apply:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent; see Eligible Specialties section above) and educational loan debt equal to at least 20% of annual salary. An NIH grant is not required for participation in the NIH Loan Repayment Programs.


See website for deadlines

Repayment/Scholarship terms:

Amount of repayment per year of service:

Each LRP repays up to $50,000 per year, plus related taxes.

How to Apply:

Visit the Application Guide on how to apply.

Additional Information/Comments:


Contact person(s):

Name, title:


Agency name:

National Institutes of Health, Division of Loan Repayment


6011 Executive Blvd, Suite 206,
Bethesda, MD 20892


(866) 849-4047


(301) 480-4802




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