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Health Agencies Update
October 22 2008

Student Loans

JAMA. 2008;300(16):1876. doi:10.1001/jama.300.16.1876-d

The NIH is accepting applications for programs that will repay scientists' student loans in exchange for at least 2 years of biomedical or behavioral research at a nonprofit institution of their choice.

The programs will pay up to $35 000 of student loan debt each year for persons who make at least a 2-year commitment. Applications will be accepted through December 1, 2008. Currently, there are loan repayment programs focusing on clinical research generally, as well research in pediatrics, health disparities, and contraception and infertility. There also is a program for researchers from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing clinical research.