Loan Repayment

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) wants to encourage outstanding health professionals to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research. If you commit at least two years to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit organization or U.S. federal, state, or local government entity, NIH may repay up to $35,000 of your qualified student loan debt per year, including most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary you receive for your research.

If you are or will be conducting qualified research at a domestic nonprofit institution outside NIH, you may be eligible for one of the five extramural LRPs:
  • Clinical Research
  • Pediatric Research
  • Health Disparities Research
  • Contraception and Infertility Research
  • Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

To learn more, and sign up to receive announcements about the NIH Loan Repayment Program, go to