Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

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

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

Since 2001, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the U.K. have partnered to create an exciting collaborative doctoral training program in biomedical research. 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.

Special Location of award, if applicable: Graduate study in the UK and research in Maryland

Eligible applicants:

• are seniors or recent alums
• are science students who have engaged in at least 3 years of lab research
• have an excellent academic record and are committed to a career in biomedical research
• are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
• have taken the GRE or MCAT prior to applying

Student year:

Student year at time of application:  Graduate or Senior

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

Must be U.S. citizen

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

Investigate potential mentors and projects prior to interviewing. Although applicants are not required to know exactly which area of biomedical research they wish to pursue, applicants should not be too generalized or unfocused.

Contact CFSA to get started!

Advising contact:

Larry Wolf  Email:
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