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NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

University of Oxford, All Souls Quad

The National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. The program is based on the British system, in which students perform doctoral research without required formal courses other than those students choose to take in relationship to their own interests. Students selected for admission to the program have already developed a passion for science through engagement in summer, job related, or undergraduate research programs.


The NIH OxCam program offers three different tracks. Current U-M undergraduates will typically apply for Track 1. Current medical students will apply for Track 2. Recipients of major UK scholarships (Rhodes, Marshall, Gates) completing biomedical research PhDs will apply for Track 3.

Institutional Endorsement:This scholarship does not require U-M endorsement. Students may apply directly.

U-M Contact: Henry Dyson, Director of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

  • United States citizenship (or permanent resident)
  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum)
  • MCAT scores
  • MCAS application
  • Currently enrolled in or applying to a United States medical school with a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) T32 Grant
  • Research experience with a focused plan for PhD training at both the NIH and a partnering university

Application ComponentsCV/Resume:

  • “Research Interests”: Field(s) of research in which you are interested (e.g., neuroscience, imaging, immunology, biostatistics)
  • “Research Experience”: Research project title and aimsResearch internshipsIndependent undergraduate researchMajor accomplishments and findingsResearch techniques learned
  • “Publications & Presentations”: Papers with complete author list and citationThesis, abstracts, poster and oral presentations at meetings, etc.
  • "Awards & Honors”:Undergraduate awards and recognitionsDean’s listsResearch fellowshipsCommunity citations
  • “Extracurricular Activities”: Leadership roles, Memberships in professional associations
  • "Additional Information": List any scholarships (Marshall, Rhodes, Gates-Cambridge, NIH Cambridge Trust, Churchill, Fulbright, Gilliam etc.) for which you are currently applying.
  • List potential mentors at the NIH and partnering universities in whose research interests you are interested. You can search for NIH faculty members on the individual NIH institute web sites, which can be found through the NIH Intramural Research Program site.

Letters of Recommendation:

Requests for letters of recommendation will be sent to individuals as soon as you enter their contact information and save your application. You do not need to submit your final application in order for these requests to be sent.  Letters are due the first week of December. Please see the NIH PhD Partnership pages for annual deadlines.

Letters must be written and dated within the last 12 months.  Only letters uploaded to the on-line application site will be accepted.