Funding and NIH Appointments

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The NIH supports NIH OxCam students for the duration of their time in the program (typically 4 years).  The NIH supports scholarship recipient’s based on individual scholarship criteria.

  • Tuition and fees are paid centrally by the program
  • Stipend, medical benefits, and travel allowance for all four years of the program are funded by your NIH mentor
  • You will be appointed to the NIH through a pre-doctoral Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)
  • Rhodes, Marshall, and Gates scholarships pay tuition and stipend for the length of the scholarship
  • Scholarship students should receive a Special Volunteer appointment in their NIH lab
    • Travel is funded by your NIH mentor
  • When scholarship funding is exhausted, you will transfer to a pre-doctoral IRTA appointment
    • You will then receive stipend payments from your NIH mentor
  • In the case of one-year scholarships, the NIH will pay the second year of tuition
  • Students who receive other scholarships should contact the NIH OxCam Office to determine funding mechanisms

You should begin preparing your IRTA paperwork immediately after selecting your NIH mentor.  
Ask your NIH mentor who to contact regarding your paperwork.

To complete the paperwork, you must provide the following:  

  • Proof of citizenship
  • A U.S. bank checking account to which your stipend can be transferred
  • Completed form for a medical examination within the last year with the immunization record included
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) – a standard format will be sent with the IRTA packet
  • Statement of research goals at the NIH (1/2 page)
  • A final transcript from your undergraduate university indicating you have received your Bachelor’s degree with date of degree award
  • You must either choose enrollment in the NIH medical insurance plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield) or indicate that you are retaining your own insurance or are covered under your parents’ policy.  
    A student cannot participate in the NIH OxCam program without proof of medical insurance



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