NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers scholarships to undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds who will pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The Undergraduate Scholarship Program funds $20,000 for one year, renewable for up to four years. After each year, recipients participate in a 10-week summer program as a paid research employee in an NIH research laboratory and, after graduating, must serve one year of full-time employment at one such NIH research laboratory for every year of funding received.

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Applicants must be US citizens permanent residents who are enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) as a full-time student at a 4-year US undergraduate institution. Applicants must also have at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate exceptional financial need (see NIH guidelines for more information).

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