Pharmacists are eligible for NIH student loan repayment program

Pharmacists conducting NIH mission-relevant research are eligible for up to $70K

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

In exchange for a 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 per 2-year contracts through the programs. One of the eligibility requirements is a doctoral-level degree, such as a PharmD.

Applicants can choose one of five NIH extramural LRPs: pediatric research, clinical research, health disparities research, contraception and infertility research, or clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

LRPs will begin accepting applications on September 1. Visit for details and instructions on how to apply. The website also includes application tips, contact information for program officers who can discuss priority research areas, and links to an Ambassador Program that helps connect applicants with past and present LRP awardees.

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 Follow the NIH Division of Loan Repayment on Twitter and Facebook for more information and cycle updates.

The deadline to submit applications, recommendations, and colleague and institutional support documentation is November 15.