NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

2016 application cycle:

Annual Application Receipt Date:   September 1 through November 16 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:

2016 Application Cycle Program Announcements:


You do the research. NIH will repay your student loans. That is the idea behind the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs).

NIH wants to encourage outstanding health professionals to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research. If you commit at least two years to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit organization or U.S. federal, state, or local government entity, NIH may repay up to $35,000 of your qualified student loan debt per year, including most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary you receive for your research.

If you are or will be conducting qualified research at a domestic nonprofit institution outside NIH, you may be eligible for one of the five extramural LRPs:

You may submit only one LRP application to NIH in any fiscal year, even though your research may be appropriate for more than one of the programs.

For more information, visit the NIH Loan Repayment Program site:

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements!  Read about the eligbility requirements here:

LRP Process:

Applicants are required to apply online. For step-by-step instructions, go to:

LRP Application Guide