National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students who have exceptional financial need (EFN) who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program is sponsored by the NIH, one of the world's foremost centers for medical/health research and research training. The NIH UGSP pays for tuition and fees, educational expenses, reasonable living expenses up to $20,000 per academic year. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years.

For each full or partial scholarship year, recipients are committed to two NIH service obligations: a 10-week Summer Laboratory Experience after each year of scholarship support, and employment at the NIH after graduation, serving 1 year of full-time employment for each year of scholarship. In addition to financial assistance, the scholarship program offers invaluable training and mentoring, as well as practical experience in a state-of-the-art research setting.


Academic Level
Field(s) of Study
Social Sciences
Application Deadline
Nomination Required
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen
Permanent Resident