This is very helpful. I have changed my personal statement multiple times for different applications and always wondered which was correct. NIH changed their policy last year to encourage applicants to describe personal and family obligations that impacted their career trajectories, such as taking time off to raise kids. As I explained in another post, including these obligations could result in reviewer bias. I urge everyone to think carefully before including this information.
National Institutes of Health Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program
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Health researchers are in high demand in the United States. With the rising cost of medical school and science education, health researchers often struggle to repay their student debts. As a result, skilled scientists are often inclined to enter higher-paying private medical fields, rather than lower-paying research careers. The National Institute of Health NIH counteracts this problem and strives to recruit more medical researchers by offering loan repayment opportunities. However, you must work at least half-time 20 hours per week on a qualified research project.