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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.
We encourage you to contact us via email or phone with any questions.
A Few More Tips…
Enter in your references first.
Outstanding letters of recommendation take time and if you wait until you are ready to submit (and you aren’t submitting until close to the deadline), that doesn’t leave those who are serving as your references much time. You want to respect the priorities and commitments of everyone involved and guarantee plenty of time to get the best letters possible.
Once you have entered in the reference information, click “Save” and you will still have plenty of time to finish up the rest of your application while your references are being submitted.
Take your time.
Your reference requests should be sent out quickly, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t put some serious thought in to who you select. As for the rest of the application, remember, it’s not just content that we will be looking at; stop: double and triple check things like grammar and spelling. There are a lot of brilliant and talented applicants out there and we want to know that you have the attention to detail required for a great scientist; don’t submit until you’re certain you’re ready.
You can’t be scared to step up and say that you don’t know something or want clarification. We don’t expect our scholars to be perfect; in fact, we want to know that you are willing to ask for assistance when you need it. If there is ANYTHING that you are uncertain about, please contact someone in the NIH OxCam Office for more information.
We also recommend that applicants explore funding options outside of the NIH OxCam Program. We have a list of scholarships available on our page for External Funding Opportunities.
For Tips on Being a Successful Grad Student, visit the Student Resouces Page.