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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Scholarship Program

Application Deadline:



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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) 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
Paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation


--U.S.A. citizen or U.S.A. permanent resident
--Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution located in the United States of America
--Undergraduate University Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0-point scale or within the top 5 percent of your class
--Having 'Exceptional Financial Need' as certified by your undergraduate institution financial aid office (Federal Register, Vol. 77, No. 17, Pages 4034-4035Icon indicating an External Link) - see table.

Terms of Award:

The NIH UGSP will pay up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses to scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years.

Please Submit:

Carefully review the information provided below before completing and submitting an application.

Provided below are key files to assist you in preparation for the upcoming application cycle.

Scholarship Benefits
Undergraduate Institution Certification for Exceptional Financial Need (EFN) Form (95KB PDF File) - Section A of this form may be completed prior to printing. Please use this option so your name and key numbers are readable.
Service Obligation
The Fine Print
Application Frequently Asked Questions
Application directions for the new system will be provided at a later date.
Online Application - This hyperlink takes you away from the OITE website to the UGSP Application. To return to the OITE website, click on the icon in the upper left of the header.

Online Application: