Pharmacists are eligible for up to $70K through NIH student loan repayment program

Deadline to submit applications is November 15

Pharmacists are included in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs), a set of programs established by the U.S. Congress to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into research careers.

In exchange for a 2-year commitment to conduct biomedical or behavioral research funded by a nonprofit or government institution, NIH will repay up to $70,000 of student loan debt. One of the eligibility requirements is a doctoral-level degree, such as a PharmD.

Applicants can choose one of five research areas: pediatrics, clinical, health disparities, contraception and infertility, or clinical research focused on individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

LRPs will begin accepting applications on September 1 and the deadline to submit applications, recommendations, and colleague and institutional support documentation is November 15.

NIH has also relaunched its Ambassador Program, which pairs applicants with current and former LRP awardees for advice and encouragement during the application process. Applicants can search the Ambassador directory to find ambassadors’ e-mail addresses, research interests, and years of participation. Visit to access the resource.

Visit for details and instructions on how to apply. The website also includes application tips, and contact information for program officers who can discuss priority research areas. For additional assistance, call the LRP Information Center at (866) 849-4047 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET, or e-mail