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 after June 1st, 2019 (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.