Undergraduate Scholarship Program

This program offers scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.

Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH UGSP will pay up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses to scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years. For each full or partial scholarship year, you are committed to two NIH service obligations. The obligations themselves are benefits of the UGSP — providing you with invaluable research training and experience at the NIH.
Applicants should be a U.S. citizen, national, or qualified non-citizen; enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited, 4-year undergraduate institution; and from a disadvantaged background. Disadvantaged background means that your financial aid office has certified you as having "exceptional financial need"; 3.5 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale) or within the top 5 percent of your class.
How to Apply

Students are encouraged to apply online. In addition to our online application, this Web site contains detailed information on the UGSP, as well as downloadable application forms.

You may also contact the scholarship office to receive an application in the mail:

Undergraduate Scholarship Program,
National Institutes of Health,
2 Center Drive, Room 2E24,
MSC 0230,
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-0230
Telephone: 888-352-3001, Fax: 301-480-3123
E-mail: ugsp@nih.gov.