External Scholarships

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Prospective Students

Interested candidates are not required to secure external grant funding for admission into the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to explore external scholarship opportunities. Scholarship recipients are desirable, especially for mentors since the additional funding may offset training costs and speaks to the applicant's potential as a successful scholar. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply for any of the following scholarships that they qualify for, and should include any scholarship information (already awarded, pending application, etc.) in the “Additional Information” section of the NIH GPP Application.

For guidance on scholarships and funding opportunities available at the University of Cambridge, visit http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

For additional information about scholarships available at the University of Oxford, visit https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/external-funding

A list of scholarships that have previously worked with the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program are provided below:

Cambridge Trust

The aim of the Trust is to enable candidates of outstanding academic merit, who would not otherwise be able to take up places at Cambridge, to pursue courses of study or research. To be considered for an award by the Trust you must be admitted by the University as a student.

In the case of most scholarships, your application to the University will automatically ensure that you are considered for an award. However, for certain scholarships, which we offer with partner organizations, you will also need to make a separate application. See more information about scholarships and application procedures, and eligibility for scholarships.


Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

The programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. Students interested in the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship for fall 2024 admission must submit an application to the University of Cambridge by the specified deadline.


HHMI Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study

The goal of the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study program is to ensure the development of a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in science, including college and university faculty, who have the responsibility to teach the next generation of scientists. Students are chosen for their academic excellence, scientific potential, and commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

Please note: Candidates for the Gilliam Fellowship must first be nominated.


Marshall Scholarship

As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.


Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM) Prize Studentship

The four-year University of Oxford NDM Prize Studentships are principal fully-funded awards and are open to outstanding candidates from any country without restriction. The departmental Prize Studentships are awarded for DPhil (PhD) students starting at the beginning of the academic year in October. 

All candidates who apply to the DPhil in Clinical Medicine for 2024 entry by 1 December 2023 will automatically be considered for the NDM Prize Studentships. The candidate's academic and research potential are the only criteria on which these awards are judged. 


Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international educational fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.  The Rhodes Scholarships are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans, although the proposed course of study must be available at Oxford, and the applicant’s undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for study in the proposed field.


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