The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers scholarship awards to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral and social science health-related research. The program is sponsored by the NIH, one of the world’s foremost centers for biomedical research and research training. The scholarships pay for tuition and reasonable educational and living expenses up to $20,000 per academic year. In return, recipients are obligated to serve as paid employees in NIH research laboratories during the summer and after graduation. In addition to financial assistance, the scholarship program offers invaluable training and mentoring, as well as practical experience in a state-of-the-art research setting.
The basic qualification requirements are as follows:
- Have a grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or be within the top 5 percent of your class.
- Be from a disadvantaged background*.
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student for the 2007–2008 academic year at an accredited, 4-year undergraduate institution.
- Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or qualified non-citizen of the United States.
*Disadvantaged background means that you come from a low-income family.
As an NIH Undergraduate Scholar, you will incur 1 year (52 weeks) of obligated service at the NIH for each full or partial year of support. The maximum service obligation is 4 years. Scholars are obliged to serve as full-time NIH employees in an NIH research laboratory.