NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

Website Eligibility Deadline Seniors Dec. 1, 2021


Since 2001, more than 200 individuals pursuing PhDs in biomedical research have taken advantage of the unique opportunities provided by the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program (OxCam). This program offers access to mentors and resources from our three collaborating institutions: the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge. The requirement of having at least two mentors from two of these institutions has allowed our students to develop the skills needed to build virtual research teams and leverage collaborative technologies in the pursuit of bold new ideas and solutions. Efforts to differentiate from traditional biomedical training programs has allowed the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars to enjoy intellectual freedom and flexibility, which has led to increased innovation and collaboration.


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • College senior as of the application deadline.
  • Outstanding academic performance and exceptional promise for a career in biomedical research. Previous laboratory research experience is a highly regarded qualification. Applicants must also have taken (and successfully passed) courses in biology, chemistry, (both inorganic and organic), physics, and mathematics.

Application Procedure

Application components:

  • CV/resume
  • Letters of recommendation
  • GRE or MCAT scores
  • Additional Information
    • List any scholarships (Marshall, Rhodes, Gates-Cambridge, NIH Cambridge Trust, Churchill, Fulbright, etc.) that you are in the process of applying for or have already submitted an application to.
    • List potential mentors at the NIH and Oxford and/or Cambridge whose research you are interested in. You can search for NIH faculty members on the individual NIH institute websites, which can be found through the NIH Intramural Research Program site.

For more information on how to apply, click here.

Value of the Award

Students are fully funded for their tuition, college fees, health insurance, and stipend. They also receive a laptop computer and a generous travel allowance. Finally, financial support has just been approved for students desiring to complete combined M.D./Ph.D. degrees through the program.


Questions related to the OxCam Program application may be directed to the NIH OxCam Office at

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