Loan Repayment Program


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The National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program (LRP) provides support to health professionals in order to repay their student loans via five (5) extramural programs:

Clinical Research

Pediatric Research

Health Disparities Research

Contraception and Infertility Research

Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

The intent of this program is to inspire health professionals to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research. Criteria of the extramural programs:

  • Applicant must commit at least two (2) years to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit organization or U.S. federal, state, or local government entity
  • Up to $35,000 of qualified student loan debt (including most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans) may be supported annually
  • Loan is in addition to institutional salary received for research
  • Applicant may only submit one (1) LRP application to one (1) program per NIH fiscal year (September - October) 
  • Applicant must devote > 50% effort to research for two (2) years
  • Application submission deadline becomes due each fiscal year between September 1 - November 15
  • On the last day of the submission deadline, the application must be submitted via the LRP online site by 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Refer to the DHHS Loan Repayment Website for further guidance
Duke Submission Process:
  • Applicant is responsible for application submission via the LRP online site
  • Applicant should choose John Michnowicz as Institutional Authorized Official using as the email address.
  • Applicant must submit either by e-mail ( or fax (919-684-6278) the Duke NIH Loan Repayment Program Form 
    • Form is due to ORA by November 22 in the fiscal year application is submitted 
Duke Loan Repayment Program Form:
  • Current Institutional Base Salary (debt must be > 20% of IBS) is required
  • Department Chair &  Business Manager signature is required
  • Department Contact Name, Email address and Phone number is required
  • Form is DUE to ORA by November 22 in the fiscal year application is submitted
  • Form may be submitted to ORA either by e-mail ( or fax (919-684-6278)