Prospective Students

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Prospective Students


The key components to the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program are:

I.  The Student

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Receives tuition and stipend support, based on NIH policy, for the duration of the program (approximately 4 yrs.)
  • May partner the OxCam Program with other scholarship programs, such as Rhodes, Gates-Cambridge, or Marshall 

II.  The Doctoral Research

  • May be in any area of biomedical research
  • Is derived and driven by the program scholar
  • Conducted in both the NIH and U.K. laboratories (time split evenly between both)
  • Formal coursework is not required
  • Scientific courses are available, if desired

III.  Two Research Mentors

  • Form a dual collaborative mentorship
  • One mentor at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) intramural campuses, such as Bethesda, MD; Durham, NC; Phoenix, AZ; or Hamilton, MT
  • One mentor at either the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom

IV.  One Degree

  • Scholars earn a D.Phil. from Oxford or Ph.D. from Cambridge
  • Average time to completion is just over 4 years (approximately 2 years in the US and 2 years in the UK)
  • Faster than the average PhD program in the U.S.

For more information, view the online NIH OxCam Program booklet



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