Qualifications to Apply

Underrepresented Populations in the U.S. Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
In spite of tremendous advancements in scientific research, information, educational and research opportunities are not equally available to all. NIH encourages institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations to enhance the participation of individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, such as:

  1. URM* (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders)
  2. Individuals with a disability**
  3. Disadvantaged background (must meet two or more qualifications)
    1. Homeless (past or present)
    2. Foster Care (past or present)
    3. Eligible for Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program (for 2 or more years)
    4. 1st Gen  (no parents or legal guardians have/had completed a bachelor’s degree)
    5. Pell Grant eligible (past or present)
    6. Food Stamps, SNAP or WIC eligible (past or present)
    7. Grew up in a rural or disadvantaged area

Qualified applicants must also:

  • be rising juniors or seniors with a qualifying major to apply
  • be committed to increasing diversity in the sciences
  • be committed to or seriously considering a Ph.D. in the Biosciences
  • hold at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • submit a free application complete with a short essay and a letter of recommendation from a research advisor.
  • selected applicants must conduct an in-person interview before being accepted into the program.

Applications are accepted year-round.

 

*URM - Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/showpub.cfm?TopID=2&SubID=27) and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. 

**Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.  See NSF data at, https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17310/static/data/tab7-5.pdf.