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2021 LRP Extramural Application Cycle

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August 9, 2021


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The National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) application cycle opens Sept. 1, 2021.

Designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers, these programs aim to offset the escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties.

The LRPs counteract that financial pressure by repaying up to $50,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Awardees can receive up to $100,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract.

Qualified applicants must have a doctoral-level degree, devote 50 percent or more of their time to research funded by a domestic non-profit organization or government entity (federal, state or local), and have educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20 percent of their institutional base salary. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or a U.S. national to be eligible.

The LRP application deadline is Thursday, Nov. 19, 2021.

Applications must be submitted electronically through the NIH LRP website. Visit the website for an online application, program information, or other assistance. Applicants may also call 866-849-4047 or send e-mail inquiries to

Contact Taryn Nash,, CHOP’s institutional contact, with questions.