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NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)

Please consult the program website to confirm program details, including applicable deadlines.

Program Website

Program Description

The National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers about 15 competitive scholarships annually to exceptional students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to biomedical, behavioral, and social science research careers at the NIH.


The program provides up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and living expenses. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years. Paid research training at the NIH is provided during the summer and, after graduation, employment and training at the NIH.

Applicant Profile

Applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be in the top 5% of their class. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate their commitment to a research career, usually by prior participation in laboratory research, extracurricular science activities, or advanced courses in their field.


Recipients must serve 1 year of full-time employment at the NIH for each year of the scholarship.


Undergraduate student from a "disadvantaged background" with a demonstrated a commitment to pursuing careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. "Disadvantaged Background" status is established when the Office of Financial Aid certifies a student as having "exceptional financial need" (EFN), as defined by the Federal Government.


U.S. citizen, national, or "qualified non-resident." Some non-citizens are also eligible. For more information, see: https://ugsp.nih.gov/application_center/citizenship_req.asp?m=04.


Usually in February.

How To Apply



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