The National Institutes of Health is the world’s largest biomedical research institution. Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, the NIH seeks to protect and improve health, and save lives by conducting research in its own laboratories and by funding the research of other scientists throughout the U.S. and around the world. The highly competitive NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides scholarship support and extensive professional research training to students with exceptional financial need who are firmly committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.
Eligibility Criteria/ Scholarship Guidelines
Candidates for the NIH Scholarship must:
Be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time undergraduate students for their first baccalaureate degree (you are ineligible if you already possess a baccalaureate degree).
Have a GPA of 3.3 or higher, or rank within the top five percent of their class. To be eligible for scholarship renewal, Scholars must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher, or rank within the top five percent of their class.
Demonstrate “exceptional financial need” as certified by the financial aid office.
Be able to fulfill the NIH Scholarship service requirements.