Eligibility requirements for OHSU PREP have been outlined by the NIH definition:
- You must be a US citizen, national, or permanent resident.
- You must have graduated or be in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science from an accredited college or university within the last three years before you apply (e.g., after March 1st, 2019 for the 2022 application cycle). (see FAQs for some exceptions)
- You cannot be currently enrolled in a degree program.
- You must belong to a group considered to be underrepresented in the field of biomedical research such as:
Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinx, Native Americans or Native Alaskans, or Native Pacific Islanders
Defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended
- Defined as those who meet two or more of the following criteria:
- Were or currently are homeless, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act;
- Were or currently are in the foster care system, as defined by the Administration for Children and Families;
- Were eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program for two or more years;
- Have/had no parents or legal guardians who completed a bachelor’s degree (see the U.S. Department of Education);
- Were or currently are eligible for Federal Pell grants;
- Received support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) as a parent or child;
- Grew up in one of the following areas: a) a U.S. rural areas, as designated by the Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer, or b) a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-designated Low-Income and Health Professional Shortage Areas (qualifying zip codes are included in the file). Only one of the two possibilities listed can be used as a criterion for the disadvantaged background definition.