Research Management Group (RMG)

NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs

NIH Loan Repayment program for residents, postdoctoral fellows, medical fellows, basic life science staff/research associates, Instructors, Clinical Instructors, and assistant professors.

This webpage contains eligibility highlights, overview (with websites) and roles.


Extramural LRP applications are accepted annually from September 1 through
November 15, 8:00 p.m. EST.
All LRP applications must be submitted electronically using the NIH LRP Website (see below)

Note: *new* this year the business official is your department's Director of Finance and Administration (DFA contact list >>). Please be sure to allow sufficient time for your DFA to countersign your applicaton. See overview and roles



  • Eligible positions: Residents, postdoctoral fellows, medical fellows, basic life science staff/research associates, Instructors, Clinical Instructors, and assistant professors who meet the NIH LRP eligibility criteria.
  • Note: researchers who have dual Stanford University & VA appointments are eligible to apply for the NIH LRP if they have less than a 5/8ths VA appointment, such that the remainder of their appointment is with Stanford University. The “business official” for their applications is the DFA or his/her designee for their Stanford department.
  • You may submit only one LRP application to NIH in any fiscal year, even though your research may be appropriate for more than one of the programs.
  • Citizenship - you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident of the U.S. by the LRP start date.
  • Qualifying Degree - you must possess an M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., Psy.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.P.M., D.C., N.D., O.D., D.V.M., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited institution, with one exception: the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP.
  • See this NIH general eligibility on this webpage >> for additional information on qualified educational debt, domestic, nonprofit research funding, qualified research, information for current NRSA fellowship recipients, as well as an overview of non-eligible individuals.
  • See this NIH webpage >> for links to each of the five Extrumural (outside the NIH) LRP programs. Each LRP program may have additional eligibility criteria-so please refer to the following detailed NIH Notices:



The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers.

The LRPs counteract that financial pressure by repaying up to $35,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research.

There are eight LRPs, five for researchers not employed by NIH (Extramural) and three for researchers employed by NIH (Intramural

Research funding from NIH is not required to participate in the Extramural LRPs, and Extramural and Intramural LRP awardees may apply for subsequent, competitive renewal awards as long as they meet Program eligibility.

ROLES: applicants / referees / business officials




Business Officials-your department's DFA


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