Opportunities to Consider – NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Biomedical Scholars Program


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 which students choose to take in relationship to their own interests. Students selected for admission to the program have already developed a sophisticated scientific background by having engaged in research as undergraduates.

  • Students undertake a collaborative Ph.D. project in any area of biomedical investigation with two research mentors–one at the NIH intramural campus in Bethesda, MD and one at either Oxford or Cambridge Universities in the United Kingdom. Students conduct research at both locations and potentially other sites including field work in Africa and elsewhere around the world.
  • All students participate in the enriched environment of the residential colleges of the U.K. Universities and enjoy special educational opportunities for career development and understanding of broader issues surrounding biomedical research.
  • Students earn a D.Phil or Ph.D. from Oxford or Cambridge with an average time to completion of four years, just over half the time it takes to complete a biomedical Ph.D. in the U.S.
  • The program is FULLY FUNDED for U.S. Citizens and permanent residents, with all students receiving tuition and stipend support for the duration of their Ph.D. training.
  • Partnerships with other scholarship programs for training in the U.K. are also possible, including partnerships open to international students.
  • Students may also pursue combined M.D./Ph.D. training with funded partnerships with a broad range of U.S. medical schools through the NIH M.D./Ph.D. Partnership Training Program

University of Iowa students who are interested in pursuing this opportunity are encouraged to contact Kelly Thornburg, UIHP’s Fellowships Director at 319-335-1874 or kelly-thornburg@uiowa.edu to access additional resources and committee support.

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