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    National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Feb 9, 2024
    Multiple awards worth up to

    $20,000

    Grade level

    High School Seniors & College Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    March 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Do you plan to pursue a career in health-related, behavioral, or biomedical research? Further, do you come from a financially or otherwise disadvantaged background? If so, consider applying for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate scholarship! This scholarship is open to current and incoming college students from low income backgrounds who are committed to careers in health-related researchThe scholarship is funded by the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education, an organization that helps individuals prepare and develop their skills in the biomedical research field. Each academic year, the scholarship awards up to $20,000 to help lucky recipients pay for their educational expenses and reasonable living expenses. Applicants should demonstrate exceptional financial need as certified by their undergraduate institution’s financial aid office. If you’re passionate about having a career in health-related research and are looking for some help to pay off your degree, we encourage you to apply!

    Eligibility information

    In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must demonstrate exceptional financial need (as certified by your undergraduate institution’s financial aid office) and be committed to a career in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

    Grade Level

    High School Seniors & College Students

    Citizenship

    U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents

    Minimum GPA

    3.3

    Academic Interest

    Social Science, Healthcare

    Other Category

    Low Income

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application in addition to the below application materials.

    Essay

    Proof of enrollment

    Academic transcript

    Letter of Recommendation

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Is this scholarship open to international students?

    No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

    When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship winner will be announced: July 2024.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education at [email protected].

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    Yes, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship is renewable.

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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