Advice and Instructions for 2013 Applicants
Dear Prospective Applicant,
The NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program seeks students of the highest academic caliber who are seeking to obtain a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences. Successful applicants will spend half their time at the National Institutes of Health and the remainder at either Oxford or Cambridge in an intensive, research-driven, dual-mentored degree program. Students begin work to develop a dual-mentored thesis that meets their academic and research goals immediately upon acceptance. The scholar’s doctorate, usually completed in four years, is conferred by either Oxford or Cambridge, depending on where their research is done; hence applicants must meet requirements for acceptance into the graduate program of the relevant University. Our expectations for the successful Scholar applicant include:
While we do not require students to commit to any particular course of study prior to acceptance, we encourage applicants who are invited to NIH for an interview to contact potential mentors and discuss possible projects prior to the interview, as this is viewed as a strength in the application. Informal interactions that applicants have when visiting the NIH campus are also considered in the evaluation process.
We look forward to reviewing your application and encourage you to contact us via email or phone with any questions. We wish you all the best in your current and future research endeavors,
Elaine A. Ostrander, Ph.D.
NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program
* Please note that this section is subject to change due to the implementation of a new application system expected to open early to mid August.
How to Apply for 2014 Consideration
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE FILLING OUT AN APPLICATION.
Application Due Date, Fee, and Interview Dates
Applications Required for Admissions Consideration and University Choice
Note: For students interested in applying specifically to the University of Cambridge
Cambridge Commonwealth and European and International Trust (formerly known as Cambridge Overseas Trust) & NIH Scholarship
From October 2013 the NIH OxCam Programme in Cambridge is working with the Trust to offer the NIH Cambridge Trust Scholarship.
The Trust has agreed to provide Scholarships for two students per year for the next 3 years, which will fund two years of Cambridge residency to match-fund the NIH scholarship.
To be considered for any of the COT award/scholarship, applicants must complete Section B of the University GRADSAF. Applicants for the COT award must not apply directly to the Trust – they do not accept direct applications.
You will need to enter your contact information, education history, standardized examination scores, submits requests for letters of reference, and requests partnership selections. The GPP has many NIH-University Institutional Partnerships, and you may apply to up to as many programs as you want. The NIH Oxford-Cambridge program counts as one partnership selection.
The M.D./Ph.D. partnership counts as one program choice in addition to the Ph.D. programs.
M.D./Ph.D. candidates should select either:
TRACK 2 of the M.D./Ph.D. Partnership Training Program for those currently in medical school.
You will also need to your scientific discipline/research interests, research experience, publications, presentations, awards/honors, extracurricular activities, personal statement, and any additional information you wish to provide. Students who are offered admittance to the program will be required to submit official transcripts and GRE/ MCAT scores.
Your personal statement should include the components below:
1) Academic interests and career goals;
2) Scientific research background (most important) and other relevant professional, educational, and volunteer experiences;
3) Reasons for applying to the NIH OxCam Scholars Program;
4) Reasons for MD/PhD training for those applying to the NIH MD/PhD partnership.
Your personal statement should be specific about your interest in joining the OxCam Program. You should go into detail about the features of the program that make it right for you. Do not submit a generic personal statement developed for multiple schools or programs.
In the "Additional Information" section of the application, please list at least 6 but no more than 10 tenured or tenure-track faculty members at NIH with whom you might be interested in as serving as your mentor. Please list them in order of preference. You are not bound to select any of these investigators as your mentor if admitted. If you are selected for an interview, we strongly encourage you to contact these potential mentors you are interested in on your own to arrange a meeting. Also, it is a good idea for you to become familiar with Professors you may be interested in potentially collaborating with at both Oxford and Cambridge. You can search for NIH faculty members through the NIH institute web sites at the NIH Intramural Research Program.
Questions about application technical issues should be directed to Dr. Pat Wagner ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). Questions related to the OxCam Program should be directed to the program's Director of Student Affairs, Dr. Matt Vogt or the Managing Director Katie Soucy.