Last Date To Apply: December 1, 2020

Applications for fully funded NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program (Ph.D.) are invited at The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States or the University of Cambridge or the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program, based on the British system, is an individualized, accelerated doctoral program for excellent science students interested in biomedical research careers. Students perform Ph.D. research without required formal courses. Selected students must already have developed a passion for science through engagement in summer, undergraduate research programs or job-related.

The three institutions offer a four year Ph.D. program (Selected applicants can combine this with an M.D. at a Medical School in the U.S.). Granted are allocated to two supervisors: one at the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge, and the second at NIH. Students spend two years at each country, which means two years in the NIH and two years at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, working on a project that involves a collaborative undertaking by the two laboratories.


The program’s fees and tuition will be paid for all four years (NIH mentor funds stipend, travel allowance, and medical benefits).

The NIH OxCam scholarship funds a 4-year Ph.D., covering stipend, lab consumables in the USA, University fees, training and travel budget, and health insurance in the USA. 

The research is directed collaboratively between the National Institutes of Health and the University of Cambridge. The scholar divides their time equally between the two institutions.

Prospective Students

To be eligible for the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Program:

  • The Student
    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
    • Will receive stipend support and tuition for 4 four years (duration of the program).
    • Can associate with other scholarship programs.
  • The Doctoral Research
    • Self-driven and Self-derived.
    • In any area of biomedical research.
    • Conducted in both institutions’ laboratories.
    • No formal coursework is needed.
    • Courses available if necessary.
  • Two Mentors
    • Form a binary collaborative mentorship.
    • One mentor at the NIH.
    • One mentor from the United Kingdom at the University of Oxford or Cambridge.
  • One Degree
    • Earn a Ph.D. or DPhil. from Cambridge or Oxford, respectively.
    • The average time to finish is approximately four years (two years at each location)
    • Faster than the average Ph.D. program in the U.S.


Applications to the Program via NIH in the USA, See the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program website.

The NIH application website is open from August 3 to December 1, 2020. Invitations for interviews are sent out in mid-January, and interviews will be in February of the same year.

If you are accepted with NIH and would like to study at Cambridge University, please apply via the University’s Applicant Portal. You should apply directly to the Ph.D. program department to undertake your Ph.D., e.g., in Psychiatry, Chemistry or Engineering.




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