NIMHD Loan Repayment Programs

By Dorothy M. Castille, Ph.D.

Health Scientist Administrator, Division of Scientific Programs
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites qualified health professionals who contractually agree to engage in NIH mission–relevant research to apply for the 2018 extramural NIMHD Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) for an average of at least 20 hours per week for at least two years. Descriptions of the NIMHD LRP follow:

The objectives of these congressionally established and designed programs are to recruit and retain qualified health professionals into research careers that focus on minority health disparities or other health disparities or to recruit and retain qualified health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds into clinical research careers. The Extramural LRPs repay up to $35,000 of a researcher’s qualified educational debt annually, in return for a commitment to engage in NIMHD mission–relevant research at a domestic, nonprofit, or government entity. Educational eligibility criteria require that applicants possess a doctoral-level degree from an accredited institution.

All applications must be completely submitted, including all recommenders’ letters, via the applicant’s eRA Commons account by 8:00 PM EST on November 15, 2017.

In conjunction with this program, NIMHD hosted a Technical Assistance Webinar on Thursday, October 5, 2017. The purpose of the webinar was to discuss the program’s goal, the application process (including recent revisions to it), components of an application that are competitive and responsive to the funding opportunity announcements, criteria for review of applications, and the financial vetting process.

To learn more about NIMHD’s Loan Repayment Program, visit

To view information from NIMHD’s LRP Technical Assistance Webinar, visit

For more information about the program or to get feedback on a previous application, please contact:

Dorothy M. Castille, Ph.D.

Adelaida Rosario, Ph.D.
Former NIMHD Program Officer

Vincent Thomas, M.S.W., M.P.A.
Former NIMHD Staffer

Categories: Research Programs and Funding Opportunities
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