NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program

National Institutes of Health/NIH
Type Loan Forgiveness
Amount $35k - 70k
Duration 2 YearsSee website for details.


The purpose of the Health Disparities Research LRP is to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals to research careers that focus on minority health or other health disparity issues. Funding for this LRP is provided through the NIH's National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), which ensures that at least 50 percent of the awards are made to health professionals who are members of identified health disparity populations. 

Meet general eligibility requirements of the LRPs outlined in the eligibility section of the site

  • Have an M.D., Ph.D., Pharm. D., Psy.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.P.M., D.C., N.D., D.V.M., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited institution
  • Engage in qualified minority health or other health disparities research

Other Restrictions

To participate, you must have a M.D., Ph.D., Pharm. D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.P.M., Psy.D., D.C., N.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited institution. You must conduct health disparities research 50% of your time (at least 20 hours weekly based on a 40 hour week) for two years and it must be funded by a domestic nonprofit or U.S. Government (Federal, state or local) entity. Also, the research must not be prohibited by Federal law or NIH policy.

More Information

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/NIH
National Institutes of Health/NIH
6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 206, MSC 7650
Suite 206, MSC 7650
Bethesda, MD 20892-7650
Phone: 866-849-4047
Fax: 866-849-4046