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Diversity Programs Fact Sheet

Frequently asked questions for students and parents

Q. Does NIGMS offer scholarships for underrepresented minorities, financially disadvantaged individuals or students with disabilities?

A. No. NIGMS does not offer scholarships.

At the undergraduate level, we provide funding to colleges and universities to train underrepresented minorities, financially disadvantaged individuals and students with disabilities who wish to pursue Ph.D.s or M.D.-Ph.D.s in biomedical or behavioral research. The schools then select the students to be supported on the grant. A list of these participating schools is available at http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/pages/InstGrantLists.aspx.

Q. What majors fall under biomedical and behavioral science categories?

Researcher in the lab.A. Majors that fall under biomedical and behavioral science categories include: biochemistry, bioengineering, biology, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, mathematics, microbiology, neurobiology, physics, physiology and some parts of psychology and sociology.

Q. How does NIGMS define underrepresented minorities?

A. Underrepresented minority students belong to a particular ethnic or racial group that the grantee institution has determined to be underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral research. Nationally, individuals who have been found to be underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral research include, but are not limited to: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

Q. Do I have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for funding?

A. Yes. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for funding. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

Q. Will NIGMS pay for my medical school education?

A. No. NIGMS will pay for medical training only as part of the combined M.D.-Ph.D. degree, which prepares students for careers in biomedical research.

Q. Whom can I contact for more information about NIGMS diversity programs?

A. You can contact a staff member in the NIGMS Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) for additional information.

Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institutes of Health
45 Center Drive MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
301-594-3900
info@nigms.nih.gov

To view an overview of TWD programs by career stage, visit http://www.nigms.nih.gov/About/Overview/pages/twd.aspx.

Other Resources

NIH Research and Training Opportunities
NIH Graduate Partnerships Program
NIH Loan Repayment Programs
NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Scholarship Programs for Medical Students Link to external Web site
Baylor College of Medicine Summer Medical and Research Training Program Link to external Web site
The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program Link to external Web site
Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program at Harvard Medical School Link to external Web site
Summer Programs at Cornell Link to external Web site, Rockefeller Link to external Web site, Sloan-Kettering Link to external Web site
Summer Programs in the Neurological Sciences

NIGMS is a part of the National Institutes of Health that supports basic research to increase our understanding of biological processes and lay the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. For more information on the Institute's research and training programs, see http://www.nigms.nih.gov.

Content reviewed November 2012

This page last reviewed on August 08, 2014