NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is initiating five educational loan repayment programs (LRP) for Clinical, Pediatric, Contraceptive and Infertility, and Health Disparities Researchers and Clinical Researchers from a Disadvantaged Background. The LRP provides for the repayment of the educational loan debt of qualified health professionals who agree to conduct clinical research. The LRP provides for the repayment of up to $35,000 of the principal and interest of the educational loans of extramural grantees or awardees for each year of obligated service.

Purpose: Recruitment and retention of highly qualified health professionals as clinical investigators. Qualified health professionals who contractually agree to engage in clinical research as extramural grantees or awardees for at least two years are invited to apply for participation in the LRP.

Eligibility: Eligible participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents;
  • Have a M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.P.M., D.C., N.D., or equivalent degree;
  • Have qualifying educational debt in excess of 20 percent of their annual income or compensation, as applicable, at their expected date of program eligibility.

Ineligibility: Individuals with existing service obligations to Federal, State, or other entities will not be considered for the Program unless and until the existing service obligation is discharged or deferred for the length of Program participation. Any individual who has a Federal judgment against his/her property arising from a Federal debt is barred from receiving Federal funds, until the judgment is paid in full or satisfied.

Applicants will not be excluded from consideration under the Program on the basis of age, race, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other non-merit factors.

Inquiries and applications:

  • Information regarding the eligibility requirements and benefits for the program may be obtained via the LRP website
  • Applications are collected electronically, and must be submitted via the LRP website

Deadline Date:

Completed applications must be received no later than November 15.


Ericka Boone, Ph.D.
(301) 443-6071

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