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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's for AO's


  1. 4-year graduate training program split between the NIH and the University or the University of Cambridge Oxford.
  2. The OxCam Program covers stipend and health insurance August - September 30th. Will use their CAN number in FPS.

Funding: (NCI-CCR)

  1. Paid by CCR for 2 years, and then from lab/allocated slot for 2 years.
  2. Loaner slot for the 2 years that CCR funds centrally (adds $ to the budget); PI/lab provides slot or S&S for the other 2 years.
  3. Normally, within the 4-year program, students will spend 2 years in the NIH lab and 2 years with the Oxford/Cambridge mentor. The point of the program is not to require a PI to use an allocated slot while fellow is overseas. Therefore, the breakdown is usually to use a slot while the fellow is in the lab and have CCR centrally fund the 2 years overseas as to not use a PI's Non-FTE slot for a fellow not working in the lab. 


  1. If fellow attends meetings/conferences in Cambridge during their time in the NIH lab, lab will pay for travel expenses.
  2. If the OxCam meeting id providing travel expenses (Lodging, meals, etc.), this is NOT considered sponsored travel - Can include copy of MOU in the travel package
  3. OxCam students have received an exemption to the  FACT (5day) security training. They just need to take HTSOS course.
  4. When traveling to the UK for their 2 year fellowship:
  • Fellow will file paperwork for visa according to UK guidelines
  • Lab will reimburse for travel costs to the UK
  • Visa costs will be included on the travel authorization for reimbursement
  • If staying for more than 6 months in the UK, must have health insurance. This cost will also be included on the travel authorization. Usually the health insurance application/costs are included in the visa costs
  • Add a note on the TA saying this is a mandatory requirement to reimburse
  • Fellow will be able to take their NIH laptop with them during this time. Must put in ticket, and make sure the fellow is still checking emails and completing all requirements to keep their computer up to date 


FAQ's for Faculty

  1. Who pays the student's stipend/tuition? If me, how much is it per year?

    STIPEND: Stipend levels are set by NIH and are based on the students level of experience.  The typical range is $30-35K, plus health insurance costs which add another $3500 or so.  I would estimate about $40K although for a students health care, stipend, visa and travel cost per year.

    TUITION:  Tuition is paid centrally by the SD..  In some ICs the SD will bill the PI for this cost.

  2. If I have a student who is interested in working with me, but has not yet applied to OxCam, is there some way I can inform the selection committee that I've already arranged to mentor this person?

    It is recommended that you simply write one of the 3 letters of recommendation for the student.  Please be aware that there is no guarantee that your student will be selected by the committee.  We’ve had PIs in the past who have been very disappointed in the event that their student does not get a slot in the program. 

  3. Any other critical information I should know when considering a student through this program?

    Dr. Katie Stagliano is happy to talk with you, as would other members of the OxCam leadership.  Perhaps you might be interested in talking with another PI who has had a student.  In that case, Admissions Director, Dr. Jeff Diamond will be able to provide significant insight. 

  4. Perhaps there is some central info website you can point me to? I have two collaborators at Sanger/EBI that are considering sharing a student with me, but most of the OxCam information on the web is for the students rather than the mentors. For one collab we already have a prospective student lined up but no official proposal submitted to OxCam, the other collab has no student but we did submit a project proposal to OxCam.

    There is no need to submit an official project proposal, but these are always welcome.

This Page Last Updated on January 8, 2020
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