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Class of 2014 Resources

Welcome to the NIH-Oxford-Cambridge CLASS OF 2014 and congratulations on having earned the distinction of being accepted into a program that enrolls outstanding students who consistently distinguish themselves, the NIH and its UK partners--Oxford and Cambridge!  It is essential that you familiarize yourself with key timelines and benchmarks by reading the content on this page as well as the "Timelines and Benchmarks" section of the OXCAM web site (CLICK HERE).

We also advise you to closely examine the Collaborative Projects section of our student handbook for insight on how to successfully set up your PhD research project.  The NIH-Oxford and NIH-Cambridge websites also contain vital information about matriculating into the universities.  Finally, as you begin to communicate with individuals at the NIH, you will find the NIH Enterprise Directory (NED) an invaluable resource when trying to find phone numbers and email addresses.

HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY TO OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITIES

  • New students are strongly encouraged to submit their Oxford and/or Cambridge applications as soon as they are admitted to the program, if not before, in order to improve the odds of being admitted to the college of one's choice.
  • MD/PhD students entering medical school in the Fall of 2014 Do Not Need to Apply to the University or colleges until the spring before their matriculation into graduate school.

Oxford Application Instructions

  • Students wishing to be admitted to Oxford University will complete and submit an online application.
  • Oxford-bound students must submit the online application NO LATER THAN MAY 15.  Please contact the NIH OXCAM (vogtm@mail.nih.gov) office if you would like your letters of reference from your program application sent over to Oxford.
  • Individuals who submit their applications by March 13 have a greater chance of being placed in their college of choice (not guaranteed, however).
  • Read the guidelines for submitting and completing the Oxford application at http://www.ndm.ox.ac.uk/page/nih-oxford-scholars-application
  • Information regarding the colleges at Oxford may be accessed at: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/postgraduate/colleges/
  • General information for graduate students is available here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate_courses/index.html
  • Initiate contact with a lab at Oxford to identify a mentor and choose a department.
  • Students who choose a department and not a mentor may experience delays in the matriculation process.
  • Obtain a letter from the college and the University regarding the Visa application.
  • MD/PhD students should not apply until they are ready to matriculate into the university.
  • For Marshall Scholars, the Commission office in London will begin negotiating with the chosen University regarding the terms of matriculation into the NIH-Marshall scheme.
  • For Rhodes Scholars, the Rhodes Trust will play an active role in the process. The NIH and University Program Directors will provide assistance as required.
  • If you have questions regarding your application, please contact Jenny Kovalaine-Kwan (jenny.kovalaine-kwan@ndm.ox.ac.uk)

Cambridge Application Instructions

  • Students wishing to be admitted to Cambridge University should contact Elizabeth McIntyre at ejm45@medschl.cam.ac.uk and complete an online application at:

    http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/gsprospectus/applying/online.html

  • You should list your supervisor as Ken Smith, the Program Director at Cambridge, and use the program code MDMDNH24.
  • Individuals who submit their applications by March 13 have a greater chance of being placed in their college of choice (not guaranteed, however).
  • The following resources may be helpful:
  • The Class Dean assigned to you will contact you prior to the visit in June.
  • The Class Dean's primary role is to assist you with the mentor selection process and to help you sort through other issues related to the research you plan to conduct while enrolled in the program.
  • For MD/PhD students entering medical school in the Fall of 2014, you will be assigned an MD/PhD advisor who will follow your progress for the duration of the training. Your advisor will contact you and serve as your mentor selection advisor or designate a mentor selection advisor for you. 

NIH & UK VISITS AND ORIENTATION

  • You will visit NIH on June 16, 2014, during which time you will focus considerable attention on visiting prospective mentors and labs.
  • You will also participate in various orientation activities starting on June 17.
  • Students should aim to finalize their NIH mentor selections by the end of the NIH visit.
  • You will then travel to the UK the week of June 22. During this time, you will meet with potential mentors, explore potential dissertation laboratories and collaborative projects, and take part in the annual Colloquium hosted this year by University of Oxford.
  • We strongly advise that you be certain the UK scientists with whom you wish to meet will be available to conference with you during the trip to the UK.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to be reimbursed for your travel expenses to and from NIH and the UK universities, you will need to organize your travel according to specific directions from the program administrators. DO NOT PURCHASE AIRLINE TICKETS ON YOUR OWN. THIS PROCESS WILL BE FACILITATED BY TRAVEL PLANNERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROGRAM.
  • You will return to the NIH on August 4 for a second orientation to include mandatory international security training and begin work on your research proposal.  You are responsible to arrange your own travel and accommodations during this time.

MENTOR  SELECTION RESOURCES

  • The NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) represents a community of around 1200 tenured and tenure track investigators, many of whom are eager to accept Oxford-Cambridge Program students into their labs where they will provide exceptional mentoring.
  • While you may already have begun the process of identifying potential mentors, we encourage you to peruse the Current OXCAM Collaborations Database. This database lists both existing collaborations and prospective ones from NIH faculty who have expressed interest in recruiting trainees.  It is keyword searchable by scientific interest areas, names of investigators and/or university.
  • Additionally, in your search for potential mentors in your field, you might wish to investigate the NIH Intramural Research Database - a searchable index of the research reports submitted by all intramural labs.
  • For new students interested in immunology or neuroscience, we highly recommend the following web sites:
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING HOUSING FOR ORIENTATION

  • All students beginning their PhD research in 2014 are required to spend time on the NIH campus in August or September writing their research proposals.
  • It is important to secure housing in advance for this period of time.  As one option, the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) maintains two houses within walking distance of campus for Oxford-Cambridge Scholars. Information on availability may be obtained by contacting faes.student.housing@gmail.com.  Also, see this link for additional housing options.
  • We also encourage you to peruse the OITE Moving Guide (http://www.training.nih.gov/documents/oite-publications.asp) which contains some very detailed information about moving to the DC Capital Area and an abundance of useful links.

CONTACTS

Dr. Matthew Vogt

301.435.1513

vogtm@niaid.nih.gov

Director of Student Affairs: Serves as first point of contact for all newly enrolled students. Provides guidance regarding all OXCAM and MD/PhD program dimensions.

Katie Soucy, MS

301.451.3806

kathryns@niaid.nih.gov

Managing Director: Oversees all operational aspects of the programs.

Dr. Tom Wynn

301.496.4758

TWYNN@niaid.nih.gov

OXCAM Program Director: Provides guidance regarding collaboration possibilities and mentor selection for students pursuing a PhD via an NIH-Oxford or NIH-Cambridge collaboration.

Rick Fairhurst, MD/PhD

301.402.7393

rfairhurst@mail.nih.gov

Trans NIH MD/PhD Program Director

Dr. Jim Sellers

301.496.6887

sellersj@nhlbi.nih.gov

OXCAM Academic Dean: Chairs the OXCAM Academic Committee and coordinates the activities of the NIH scientists designated to serve as Class Deans.

Prof. Sarah Rowland-Jones

sarah.rowland-jones@ndm.ox.ac.uk       

Jenny Kovalaine-Kwan      

jenny.kovalaine-kwan@ndm.ox.ac.uk

NIH-Oxford Program Director (Sarah Rowland-Jones) and Graduate Studies Officer: Primary Oxford University liaison to the NIH-Oxford program administrators. Oversees program administration in Oxford and serves as student advocate.

Kenneth G. C. Smith

44.1223 762645

kgcs2@cam.ac.uk

Elizabeth McIntyre

44.1223 761493

ejm45@medschl.cam.ac.uk

NIH-Cambridge Program Director (Ken Smith) and Administrative Officer (Elizabeth McIntyre): Primary Cambridge University contacts to the NIH-Cambridge program administrators. Oversees program administration in Cambridge and serves as student advocate.

Dr. AdrianFerré-D'Amaré adrian.ferre@nih.gov         

Dr. Kent Hunter hunterk@mail.nih.gov

2014 NIH Class Deans: Assist the Academic Dean and program directors with academic program implementation including academic advising support during the matriculation process. Help students select an individual academic advisor. Serve as members of the program's Academic Committee.