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STEP-UP program is a biomedical research experience for under-represented undergraduate students. This program is coordinated at UAB and two other coordinating centers. Students are linked with experienced research mentors at the institution they choose for the summer experience, which may be their home institution or one near their hometown. It is open to students across the country who are interested in exploring research careers. 

The goal of the NIDDK STEP-UP Program is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.

Note: Applications have closed for 2021, please check back in October 2021 for 2022 dates.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, details are subject to change.

View the 2020 Program Flyer
View the 2019 Program Flyer


STEP-UP Summer Interns Receive:

  • Biomedical research experience during a 10 week summer program
  • $5,500 Stipend
  • All expense paid travel to present at the Annual STEP-UP Symposium at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD 
  • Year-round mentoring support and career development advice


  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time student at a U.S. accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university
  • Have an interest in health-related careers
  • Have at least a 3.00 grade point average