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NIH Loan Repayment Program (for those who have already graduated)

October 19, 2011

If you have your Ph.D. but have some student loans that you’d love to have the NIH repay for you, you might want to look into this:

_NIH LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAMS — APPLY NOW FOR UP TO $35,000 OF ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL DEBT REPAYMENT_

The NIH is accepting applications for its extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) now through 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on November 15, 2011.

These programs often allow scientific investigators to remain in the
research workforce, achieve research independence and focus their
efforts on advancing the health of the nation. Opportunities are
available in clinical research, pediatric research, health disparities
research, contraception and infertility research, and clinical research
for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Each year, some 1,600
research scientists benefit from the more than $70 million NIH invests
in their careers through the extramural LRPs.

_PLEASE SHARE THIS E-MAIL WITH RESEARCHERS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION WHO MAY
BENEFIT FROM THE LRPS. WITH THE NOVEMBER 15 DEADLINE QUICKLY
APPROACHING, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WHO HAVE STARTED AN ONLINE
APPLICATION
SHOULD COMPLETE IT NOW. THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET STARTED SHOULD VISIT
__HTTP://WWW.LRP.NIH.GOV_ [1]_ TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAMS AND
APPLY._

BENEFITS: New LRP contracts are awarded for a two-year period and help
repay up to $35,000 of qualified educational debt each year. Tax
offsets
also are provided as additional benefits. Participants may apply for
competitive renewals, which are issued for one or two years.
Undergraduate, graduate, medical school, and other health professional
school loans qualify for repayment. _An NIH grant or other NIH funding
is not required to apply for or participate in the LRPs._

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree (with the
exception of the contraception and infertility research LRP);
be a U.S.
citizen, national, or permanent resident; devote 20 hours or more per
week to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit,
university, or government entity; and have qualified educational loan
debt equal to or exceeding 20 percent of their institutional base
salary.

APPLICATION TIPS: For guidance on the application process and NIH
Institute and Center (IC) research priorities, potential applicants
should watch this webinar [2], review Tips for Completing a
Competitive
Application [3] and contact an IC LRP liaison [4].

QUESTIONS? Visit the LRP website at http://www.lrp.nih.gov [5] for
more
information and to access the online application. For additional
assistance, call or e-mail the LRP Information Center at (866) 849-4047
or lrp@nih.gov [6]. Also, receive application cycle updates through
Twitter @NIH_LRP [7] and Facebook [8].

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