The EEOP Upper Division Programs are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To be eligible for these programs, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency
  • Belong to a group that is underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. These groups are defined as:
  1. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
  2. Individuals with disabilities, who are 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.
  3. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those who meet two or more of the following criteria: