Since 2001, scientists at the National Institute of Health have collaborated with colleagues in Oxford and Cambridge to create a partnership PhD training program spanning the full breadth of biomedical research in these institutions. The NIH-Oxford-Cambridge partnership is designed to significantly reduce the time it takes to earn the doctoral degree. Through this partnership, students generally earn their degrees in four years, and graduates are easily obtaining excellent post-doc positions, faculty appointments, and positions with biotech companies, to name a few of the opportunities awaiting these highly qualified individuals.
Students admitted to the program choose a research project from a pre-existing list of collaborations (see our web site for the list) or are free to design their own project, often bridging different disciplines. Students write a detailed research proposal during their first summer in the program and begin their thesis research immediately. It is required that Scholars spend two years at the NIH and two years in the UK, working in the labs of their chosen mentors. Students earn their doctoral degree from whichever UK institution they select for their doctoral work.
Focus- The NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program seeks students of the highest academic caliber who are committed to a career in biomedical research and who are ready to choose a research project during the first summer of their enrollment in the program
Eligibility- US Citizens and permanent residents
Submission- Two-part application process, Part A and Part B, are submitted online; personal statement; Letters of reference; IMPORTANT--- In the "Additional Information" section of the application, please list at least 6 but no more than 10 tenured or tenure-track faculty members at NIH with whom you might be interested in working. Please list them in order of preference;
Criteria- Even more important than grades or test scores, looking for students who have had one or more substantial research experiences. Success and satisfaction with laboratory research are the biggest predictive factors for success in program; Three outstanding recommendation letters, particularly those from mentors who have supervised an applicant's laboratory projects, factor heavily into decision making; Look at the personal statement to see whether the student has effectively explained his/her research interests.
Benefits- Students are fully funded for the length of training.