Please read the eligibility requirements carefully, as they may differ from other NIH funded programs. Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen, non-citizen national, or legal permanent resident.
  • Be 16 years of age or older and either be enrolled in high school or an accredited U.S. college or university, or plan to be enrolled in the fall.
  • If a high school student, be in their junior or senior year of high school, during the application period.
  • If an undergraduate student, be currently enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited U.S. 2-year or 4-year college or university.
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale), although exceptions may be granted.
  • Have personal medical/health insurance coverage throughout the duration of the program.

Applicants must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Come from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in biomedical sciences on a national basis.
  • Come from a disadvantaged background as defined by annual family income and/or be the first generation in their family to graduate from a four-year college or university.
  • Have been diagnosed with a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

For additional questions regarding the eligibility requirements, please visit the STEP-UP FAQs or contact the STEP-UP Staff at 301-594-9649.

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