Student loan repayments to health professionals

NIH’s application cycle for Loan Repayment
Programs opens September 1, 2004, and closes December 15,
2004. The NIH awards up to $35,000 annually in student loan
repayments to health professionals engaged in qualifying
research.

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs can repay up to $35,000 of
qualified educational debt for health professionals
pursuing careers in clinical, pediatric, contraception and
infertility, or health disparities research. The programs
also provide coverage for Federal and state tax
liabilities.

Participants must possess a doctoral-level degree, devote
50% or more of their time to research funded by a non-
profit organization or government entity (federal, state,
or local), and have educational loan debt equal to or
exceeding 20% of their institutional base salary. U.S.
citizens, permanent residents, or U.S. nationals may apply.
The five NIH Loan Repayment Programs are the Clinical
Research LRP, Clinical Research for Individuals from
Disadvantaged Backgrounds LRP, Contraception and
Infertility Research LRP, Health Disparities LRP, and
Pediatric Research LRP.

“The NIH Loan Repayment Programs is one of our nation’s
most significant efforts to ensure a solid foundation of
clinical, pediatric, contraception and infertility, and
health disparities research professionals for the next
generation,” says Ruth Kirschstein, M.D., Senior Advisor to
the Director, NIH. “These programs provide a means for
health professionals to launch their research careers
unfettered by the burden of student loan debt.”

All applications for 2005 awards must be completed by 5
p.m., December 15, 2004. Visit www.lrp.nih.gov to apply.


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