Loan Repayment Programs

NINDS Supports two Loan Repayment Programs, the Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program and the Pediatric Loan Repayment Program. Application information and instructions regarding these extramural loan repayment programs can be found on the NIH Loan Repayment Program website, and NINDS-specific guidelines are summarized below. If you are a clinician doing health disparities research, we strongly encourage you to apply to the Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program, which is directly supported by NIMHD.

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are now accepting applications. Qualified health professionals conducting NIH-mission relevant research are eligible for up to $70,000 in student debt repayment over a two-year period. By accepting an LRP award, you will join efforts to enhance the quality and diversity of the scientific community. The deadline to submit your application is November 15. Visit


NIH Loan Repayment Program: A lifeline for researchers drowning in debt flyerNINDS receives a large number of loan repayment applications and, unfortunately, cannot fund them all. Consequently, a number of prioritizations are used. The most important factor is the reviewer ratings. Highest ratings go to applicants with a clear and on-going dedication to research. This may be evidenced by receipt of independent funding, such as career (K) awards, a long-term publication record, or a publication record appropriate for a dedicated researcher at the experience level of the applicant. In addition, higher ratings are given to applicants who demonstrate an ability or potential to have a successful career as an independent, primary investigator. In addition, a goal of the NINDS loan repayment program (LRP) is to facilitate the ability of clinician-scientists who have substantial debt to significantly devote themselves to research, at the expense of a more lucrative clinical practice. Among similarly rated applications for the clinical research LRP, first priority is given to neurologists and neurosurgeons. Clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists are also considered, but with a lower priority than the above mentioned groups. For the pediatric research LRP, highest priority is given to pediatric neurologists. Ph.D. scientists, who do not have a clinical practice, although eligible, have the lowest programmatic priority for these NINDS Loan Repayment Programs.


Reviewer comments for loan repayment applications are not provided to applicants (see Because of the large volume of LRP applications, we are unable to provide very much in the way of personalized feedback about an application. If an application is not funded, it is acceptable to submit a new application in a subsequent year. Because official summary statements are not generated, and thus are not made available either to applicants or reviewers, applicants are not expected to indicate how their application differs from any earlier ones they may have submitted.