NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

2017 application cycle:

Annual Application Receipt Date:   September 1 through November 15 8:00 p.m. EST
Annual Peer Review Date:   February - May
Annual Anticipated Award Date:   July - September

*While completing the online application, the Institutional Approver for Columbia University is William Berger at of Sponsored Projects Administration.

For all details of the NIH Loan Repayment Program, refer to the website at:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released five separate program announcements for the 2017 application cycle of the NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP).  The LRP may repay up to $35,000 of qualified student loan debt per year to outstanding health professionals who commit at least two years to conduct biomedical, behavioral, social, or clinical research, and who agree to engage in such research for an average of at least 20 hours per week based on a 40-hour work week. This includes most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary received for research.

Potential applicants should carefully read the general eligibility requirements, plus the requirements under each funding announcement listed below.

The five following program areas are included as part of the LRP:

Please note: Recipients of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) support from an individual postdoctoral fellowship (F32) or an institutional research training grant (T32) will be eligible for loan repayment during the second year of NRSA support if a formal extension of the NRSA service payback is granted (see  Concurrent fulfillment of LRP and NRSA service obligations is prohibited. A deferral form can be obtained by contacting the LRP Help Line at 866-849-4047 and should be submitted prior to acceptance into the LRP.  It is important to note, though, that NRSA recipients may continue to receive their stipends from the NRSA.