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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds that are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.


The UGSP offers scholarship support, paid research training during the summer, and paid employment and training at NIH after graduation.

Currently, the program provides up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses to scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded for one year and can be renewed up to a maximum of four years. For each full or partial scholarship year, UGSP participants are committed to two service obligations: a ten-week summer laboratory experience under the mentorship of an National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) investigator, as well as one full year of research in an NHGRI laboratory.

To be eligible for the UGSP, students must:

  • Be a United States citizen, national, or qualified non-citizen. (See Citizenship Requirements for more information)
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited, four-year undergraduate institution.
  • Be from a "disadvantaged background" with exceptional financial need.
  • Have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), or be within the top five percent of their class.

For more information, see: The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program.


Last updated: June 14, 2013