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NIH funds to pay loans for IMG (US permanent resident)

sumina13

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    this is an odd question, but i figure one of you might just know the answer:

    if u are a US permanent resident, who graduated from school in the UK and completed residency in the US, if you get to do research as a fellow/post-doc, can you get the NIH to pay for your loans??
    The NIH pays for loans for those who do research in an academic hospital and I'm wondering if the same applies for US permanent residents who graduated in medicine abroad and do their residencies in the US.

    cheers!
     

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      The NIH website has criteria for the loan repayment plan:

      http://www1.od.nih.gov/oma/manualchapters/person/2300-537-1/

      While it doesn't say anything about citizenship, it does detail the types of loans which are eligible - generally these are US government loans like the Stafford and Perkins. If you have those type of loans, it appears you may be eligible.
       

      sumina13

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        yeap. it looks like one would be eligible, as long as the funds are coming from the US government and the research is being done in a US nonprofit institution.

        other requirements such as having finished the MD degree apply as well. else, it looks like it doesn't matter if one is graduating from school outside the US as long as one the university is not for profit (most schools are) and the participant is a citizen/permanent resident doing research in the US.
         
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