Program designed to improve access to education leading to research careers for those who have had fewer opportunities than others.
ContactNIH (National Institutes of Health) Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Social Science Research
CitizenshipUS Citizen, Permanent Resident, Non-US Citizenships
StatusSophomore, Junior, Senior
The program offers scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation. The NIH UGSP will pay up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses to scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years.
The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral and social science health-related research. The program is designed to improve access to education leading to research careers for those who have had fewer opportunities than others, and is designed to provide an incentive for exceptional scholars to pursue research careers at the NIH. NIH Undergraduate Scholars incur one year of obligated service at the NIH for each full or partial year of support.
The applicant must:
- be a U.S. citizen, a National of the U.S., or a non-citizen (someone who is eligible to work in the United States, and can qualify for Federal employment).
- be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student for the current academic year at an accredited undergraduate institution.
- be from a disadvantaged background, meaning that that the undergraduate institution has certified you as having “exceptional financial need” (EFN).
- have a GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or be within the top 5 percent of his/her class.