National Institute of Health (NIH) Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

National Institute of Health (NIH) Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

About the National Institute of Health (NIH) Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

The National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. The program is based on the British system, in which students perform doctoral research without required formal courses other than those students choose to take in relationship to their own interests. Students selected for admission to the program have already developed a passion for science through engagement in summer, job related, or undergraduate research programs.

The NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program enables students to obtain a doctoral degree from the either Oxford or Cambridge University while taking advantage of research in laboratories at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. Each Scholar designs an individualized research project dually mentored by principal investigators at NIH and at one of the U.K. universities. Students begin their dissertation research in October of the first year they are enrolled and typically complete the Ph.D. in four years, a significant acceleration over the average time it takes to earn a Ph.D. in the U.S. There is also an M.D./Ph.D. training option in which students partner with U.S. medical schools for their M.D. training.

Location of award, if applicable: Graduate study at either Oxford or Cambridge University in the UK and research in NIH labs in Maryland

Eligible applicants:

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The National Institute of Health (NIH) Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program application process:

Review the information on the scholarship website for a better understanding of the requirements, application process and timeline, and to determine whether this opportunity is a good fit for your academic background and career goals.

Discuss your interest in the program with your mentor(s) and potential referees. Contact a CFSA advisor to discuss your plans to apply.

The application portal opens in early August.

Application components include:
– completed application form
– CV/resume (highlighting research interests, research experience, publications and presentations, award and honors and leadership roles)
– GRE or MCAT scores
– three letters of recommendation
– personal statement
– list of potential mentors at the NIH and Oxford and/or Cambridge
– list of scholarships and fellowships (Marshall, Rhodes, Gates-Cambridge, etc.) to which you are also applying (if applicable)

Applications open in August are due in early December.

Interested? Contact CFSA for more information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

Larry Wolf  Email: More Information:

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