U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

STEP-UP Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements for High School & Undergraduate Students

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 a U.S. accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university
  • Undergraduate who will have graduated prior to the start of research in the summer of 2017 are not eligible
  • 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 (exceptions will be granted for students living in the Pacific Islands)

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 fa​mily 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 NIDDK STEP-UP Program Staff.
Apply to STEP-UP
Please read the STEP-UP Application Instructions (PDF, 757KB) before applying.

 Key Dates


​Application Opens

Application Deadline

Notification of Award
Mid-March 2017

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