As a VMLRP award recipient, you will initially be awarded a three-year loan repayment award. If you continue to meet the eligibility criteria and wish to continue serving the same area you are currently serving for your VMLRP award, you may apply for a competitive renewal award, which may be awarded for one, two, or three years.
A renewal application is an application from a veterinarian who previously received and completed a three-year VMLRP award. Current award recipients may apply for a renewal award at the conclusion of their current awards.
Renewal applications must be received by the posted deadline, will be evaluated in competition with other pending applications, and will be reviewed according to the same evaluation criteria as new applications. The application process is a competitive process and submission of a renewal application does not assure award of continued VMLRP benefits.
There is no limit to the number of times you can extend your VMLRP award. As long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria and have eligible remaining repayable debt, you may apply for a renewal award.
Renewal Application Package
Each renewal application package must contain the same forms found in an application package submitted by a new applicant except for the following: Transcript, Loan Information Form, and Intent of Employment.
A renewal application package must include the following forms:
- Applicant Information Form (NIFA-01-10)
- Updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Personal Statement (NIFA-02-10)
- List of Recommenders (NIFA-03-10)
- Certifications for Application (NIFA-06-10)
- Recommendations (NIFA-08-10)
On the Applicant Information Form (NIFA-01-10), you should enter the five-character Shortage Identification Code of the shortage situation you are currently serving through a VMLRP award even if this shortage situation does not appear on the map for the application cycle in which you are submitting your renewal application. If you are unsure of the Shortage Identification Code for the shortage situation you are currently serving, you should contact our office to obtain this information.
In an updated CV, you must provide information on any academic, work, and professional achievements that took place since the start of your first VMLRP award. The personal statement provides you an opportunity to present a progress report starting with the start date of your current VMLRP award. Information provided in the personal statement should include information on how you have been effectively addressing the specific shortage situation in which you are currently serving. An explanation should also be included to offer justification of your ability to continue the mitigation of this shortage situation.
Your renewal application must include three recommendation forms (NIFA-08-10). These recommendations should speak directly to the abilities and progress you exhibited while you provided veterinary services within the specific shortage situation you served during the three-year award (initial service agreement).
Because we have your loan information from your initial application and award, there is no need to submit the Loan Information Form (NIFA-04-10) with your renewal application. However, we may contact you to request updated information on your loans during the application period.
Length and Amount of Renewal Award
In almost all cases, your renewal award will be based on your eligible debt from your initial application for a VMLRP award and the assumption that the maximum amount of $75,000 was paid toward your eligible loans during your initial three-year VMLRP award. However, NIFA reserves the right to decide the length of renewals based on its budget and funding priorities.
Click on the link below to view examples of renewal awards which provides a clearer picture of how the length of a renewal award is determined as well as how the award amount of a renewal award is determined.
For further information, contact: VMLRP.