NIH Undergraduate Scholarship

Supports undergraduate students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, or health-related research in the social-sciences. Scholars receive up to $20,000 per year for tuition and other expenses, plus laboratory experience, mentoring opportunities and past-graduate employment. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

Applicants may be interested in additional summer research opportunities through the NIH or the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Collegiate Division.

NIH summer programs:

BSCD programs:

Deadline Information

Application Deadline (by 11:59 pm CT): Wednesday, March 17, 2021


Scholarship recipients participate in one paid ten week summer research program per year of support, and are also required to work at the NIH after graduation from college one year for every year of support.

Eligibility Requirements

Second-, third- and fourth-year students who are US citizens, nationals (or qualified aliens) from disadvantaged backgrounds are eligible to apply. In this context, disadvantaged means that the Office of College Aid has certified that you have “exceptional financial need” (EFN), as defined by the Federal Government. In addition, all applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.50.

Check the scholarship Eligibility Wizard to confirm that you are eligible for the award.

Application Process

Visit the scholarship's Application Center for information on how and when to apply.