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Apply to an NIH Loan Repayment Program

The NIH is accepting applications for its five Loan Repayment Programs (  All applications for 2024 awards must be submitted by November 14, 2023.  Institutions must certify all applications by November 16, 2023.

National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) can repay up to $50,000 a year of qualified educational debt for health professionals pursuing careers in biomedical and behavioral research. The programs also provide coverage for Federal and state tax liabilities.

Applicants must:

  • Possess a doctoral-level degree
  • Devote 50% or more of their time (20 hours per week based on a 40 hour work week) to nonprofit- or government-funded research
  • Have educational debt equaling at least 20% of their institutional base salary
  • Obtain a commitment of not less than two years of research appointment from the department and school of the certifying official, and
  • will not receive any salary or research funding support from a for-profit source during the LRP period, if awarded;
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national

Visit for further information and to apply online.

When applying online, you will need to list an “Authorized Institutional Representative” to certify your application. Please list Karen Falter ([email protected]) as the representative for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. They are also requiring the ERA Commons ID (KFalter1) this year. Those applicants leaving Hopkins for appointments elsewhere beginning July 1, 2024 should obtain certification from their future institution.

In order for Karen to certify your application, your department must email Karen Falter  ([email protected]) the following information:

  1. Confirmation of the departmental commitment for at least a 2-year appointment (from July 2024).
  2. Confirmation that the applicant will devote 50% or more of their time (20 hours per week based on a 40 hour work week) to nonprofit- or government-funded research.
  3. The current base compensation the applicant receives from JHU in stipends and/or salary at the time of the application.

If you have any questions about the NIH LRP Institutional Certification process, please contact Karen Falter in the SOM Office of Research Administration at 667-208-8913.  All other questions can be directed to [email protected], Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.  Additional instructions can be found here:


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