|NIH Offers $35,000 in Annual Student Loan Repayment
Bethesda, Maryland — On Thursday, September 1, 2005,
the National Institutes of Health (NIH) began accepting applications to its five
Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). Deadline for applications is December 1, 2005.
The five LRPs offered by the NIH include the Clinical Research LRP, Clinical
Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Contraception and
Infertility Research LRP, Health Disparities LRP, and Pediatric Research LRP.
Through these programs, the NIH offers to repay up to $35,000 annually of the
qualified educational debt of health professionals pursuing careers in biomedical
and behavioral research. The programs also provide coverage for federal and state
To qualify, applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree, devote 50 percent
or more of their time (20 hours per week based upon a 40-hour work week) to research
funded by a domestic non-profit organization or government entity (federal, state,
or local), and have educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20 percent of
their institutional base salary. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens, permanent
residents, or U.S. nationals to be eligible.
“The NIH Loan Repayment Programs offer an easy and effective way for research
scientists to focus more on medical research and less on repaying student loans,” says
Dr. Norka Ruiz Bravo, Deputy Director for Extramural Research. “Since 2002, nearly
4,000 qualified health professionals have benefited from more than $225 million
disbursed in loan repayment support. Through these programs, the NIH has opened
doors for many young scientists to launch careers in research without the burden
of student loan debt.”
All applications must be completed by 8 p.m. eastern time, December 1, 2005.
Visit www.lrp.nih.gov to apply.
The Office of the Director, the central office at NIH, is responsible for setting
policy for NIH, which includes 27 Institutes and Centers. This involves planning,
managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all NIH components.
The Office of the Director also includes program offices which are responsible
for stimulating specific areas of research throughout NIH. Additional information
is available at http://www.nih.gov/icd/od/.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's Medical Research
Agency — is a component of the U. S. Department of Health and Human
Services. It is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting basic,
clinical, and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes,
treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information
about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.