National Institutes of Health 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.

Eligibility

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 

Period of Study

Average time to completion is just over 4 years (approximately 2 years at each location)

Award

Tuition and fees will be paid for by the program, while your stipend, medical benefits, and travel allowance for all four years of the program are funded by your NIH mentor. There are also external scholarships available and students are encouraged to apply. 

Application

CV/Resume:

  • “Research Interests” briefly list:
    • Field(s) of research you are interested in (e.g. neuroscience, imaging, immunology, biostatistics)
  •  “Research Experience” include:
    • Research project title and goal
    • Research internships
    • Independent undergraduate research
    • Major accomplishments and findings
    • Research techniques learned
  • “Publications and Presentations” include:
    • Papers with author list and citation
    • Thesis, abstracts, meetings, etc.
  • “Awards & Honors” include:
    • Undergraduate awards and recognitions
    • Dean’s list
    • Research fellowships
    • Community citations
  • “Extracurricular Activities” include:
    • Leadership roles
    • Memberships in professional associations

Additional Information:

  • GRE or MCAT scores are required
  • List any scholarships (Marshall, Rhodes, Gates-Cambridge, NIH Cambridge Trust, Churchill, Fulbright, etc.) that you are in the process of applying for or have already submitted an application to.
  • List potential mentors at the NIH and Oxford and/or Cambridge whose research you are interested in. You can search for NIH faculty members on the individual NIH institute web sites, which can be found through the NIH Intramural Research Program site.

Letters of Recommendation:

  • Requests for letters of recommendation will be sent as soon as the contact information is entered for the individuals you indicate and the application is saved.
    • You do not need to submit your application in order for these requests to be sent.
  • Letters must be written and dated within the last 12 months.
  • Only letters uploaded to the on-line application site will be accepted.

Deadline(s)

Applications must be submitted electronically and are typically due in early December.

Additional information and application instructions can be found on the OxCam website

Details

Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Graduate
  • Doctorate

Discipline

  • Health
  • STEM

Language

  • English

Program Type

  • Graduate Study
  • Research

Region

  • Europe
  • North America
  • DC

GWU Sponsored?

No

GWU Endorsement Required?

No