NIH Oxford Cambridge 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. It enables students to undertake a collaborative project in any area of biomedical investigation involving two mentors – one at the NIH intramural campus in Bethesda, Maryland and one at either Oxford or Cambridge University. Students conduct research at both locations and potentially other sites around the world and enjoy special educational opportunities that develop their understanding of disease outcomes and policy issues related to their studies. Students begin their dissertation research by October of the first year they are enrolled and typically complete the Ph.D. in four years.

Students receive an annual stipend of at least $26,500, health insurance and other academic support while studying in the UK and at the NIH. All laboratory research expenses are covered and an annual $3,000 travel stipend is available to each student. Scholars also receive a free laptop.


  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


Applicants are selected with the following criteria in mind:

  • Academic performance
  • Potential for a career in biomedical research
  • Previous laboratory experience

The two-part online application form requests information about education history, scientific discipline and research experience, publications, presentations, awards/honors, and extracurricular activities. If desired, applicants can include a personal statement. Applicants should also include college transcripts, GRE or MCAT scores, and three letters of reference.


Application deadline is early December TBD. Interviews are conducted in February and applicants are notified of the status of their application in late March.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey