The National Institutes of Health (NIH)-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding students committed to biomedical research. It enables students to undertake a collaborative project in any area of biomedical investigation involving two mentors: one in Bethesda, Maryland, and one at either Oxford or Cambridge University. Students conduct research at both locations and, potentially, other sites around the world. All students participate in educational opportunities that develop their understanding of disease outcomes and policy issues related to their studies. The projects culminate in the award of a D.Phil. or Ph.D. in science from either Oxford or Cambridge. Students may also pursue combined M.D./ Ph.D. training through partnerships with a broad range of American medical schools.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

  • College senior as of the application deadline and will graduate prior to fall 2015.

  • Outstanding academic performance and exceptional promise for a career in biomedical research. Previous laboratory research experience is a highly regarded qualification. Applicants must also have taken (and successfully passed) courses in biology, chemistry, (both inorganic and organic), physics, and mathematics.

General Information

The NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an unusual NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) in biomedical research in which two distinguished mentors and their laboratories join together to mentor a single graduate student on a thesis project that is of mutual interest to both laboratories. The principal focus of this program is to train top-caliber research students in an advanced, collaborative, multidisciplinary format to best prepare them for successful careers as creative basic or clinical investigators.

The 21st century requires new collaborative research teams of investigators to find solutions to the important biological and medical problems of our time. One highlight of the NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is dual mentoring by NIH and U.K. investigators on a collaborative project. This enables students to conceive and manage a research project on an international scale while completing the Ph.D. in about four years—about half the time most American biomedical doctoral students invest in obtaining their degrees. Since the program’s inception in 2001, its students have authored over 40 publications, including first-author papers in prestigious journals.

Application Instructions

All application instructions and materials are available at the NIH/Oxcam program Web site. UM applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at least one month before the national deadline to ensure adequate time is available to review your application. An advisor or faculty mentor will help ensure that you are submitting the best most complete impression of you.

Application Timeline

December 1, 2015 
Completed application and required documentation must be submitted to the NIH.

February 2016 
Selected candidates are invited for an interview.