NIH News Advisory
Office of the Director

Office of Loan Repayment
and Scholarship

Monday, December 30, 2002

Jodi Cramer
(301) 402-6550

NIH Offering $35,000 per Year for Loan Repayment January 31 Application Deadline

Bethesda, Maryland — The National Institutes of Health is now accepting applications to its five Loan Repayment Programs. January 31, 2003 is the deadline for receipt of online applications.

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs ( can repay up to $35,000 a year of qualified educational debt for health professionals pursuing careers in Clinical, Pediatric, Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Contraception and Infertility, or Health Disparities research. The programs also provide coverage for Federal and state tax liabilities.

Participants must have achieved a doctorate-level degree, devote 50% or more of their time to research funded by either a non-profit organization or government entity (Federal, State, or Local) and have educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20% of their institutional base salary. US Citizens and permanent residents can apply.

The five NIH Loan Repayment Programs are the Clinical Research LRP, Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Contraception and Infertility Research LRP, Health Disparities Research LRP, and Pediatric Research LRP.

"The NIH Loan Repayment Programs are part of our nation's effort to ensure a solid foundation of clinical research professionals for the next generation," said Ruth Kirschstein, Deputy Director of the NIH. "These programs provide a means for health professionals to launch their research careers unfettered by the burden of student loan debt."

January 31, 2003 at 5pm EST is the only application receipt deadline for the 2003 Fiscal Year.

Visit for information and to apply online or call the Helpline at 866-849-4047 if you have any questions.