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NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nov 18, 2021

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The NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program provides Loan repayment assistance for researchers that are not employed by the NIH. Loan repayment awards are based on an applicant's potential to build and sustain a research career, not to support specific research.

Preference is given to researchers in the areas of:

  • Health disparities
  • Contraception and infertility
  • Clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds

To be eligible, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen (or U.S. national or permanent resident) and have one of the following degrees:

  • M.D.
  • Ph.D.
  • Pharm. D.
  • Psy.D.
  • D.O.
  • D.D.S.
  • D.M.D.
  • D.P.M.
  • D.C.
  • N.D.
  • O.D.
  • D.V.M.
  • Equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited institution

Eligibility and programs page

Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

In exchange for a commitment to a research career, NIH will repay up to $50,000 per year.

Application process

Detailed instructions and a link to the online application system are available on the program website.

Application Process Interactive Roadmap

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Children and youth · Dental workforce · Health disparities · LGBT · Loans, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness for health careers · Minorities · Oral health · Pharmacy workforce · Physicians · Poverty · Research methods and resources · Sexual and reproductive health

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.