Undergraduate scholarship program opens in January

The National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral and social science health-related research.

The program offers scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.

Eligibility requirements

  • U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited four-year undergraduate institution located in the U.S.
  • GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0-point scale or within the top five percent of your class
  • Have “exceptional financial need” as certified by your undergraduate institution financial aid office (click here for more information)

Important deadlines

  • Jan. 3 – Application opens
  • March 14 – Application deadline
  • March 28 – Letter of recommendation deadline
  • May 9 – Financial need form deadline
  • Mid-June – Invitations to phone interview distributed
  • Mid-July – Phone interviews
  • Late-July – Selection of scholars

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