Director (Cambridge): Dr Menna Clatworthy
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ox/Cam programme was launched in 2001 as the first ever NIH-UK shared scholars programme and boasts over 100 students. In addition to the scholars programme, the NIH launched a further collaboration with Oxford and Cambridge with a joint MD/PhD programme in 2005. The MD/PhD programme now has over 50 students enrolled. This unique programme has fostered strong research collaborations between the NIH and Cambridge.
This 4-year doctoral programme is based in collaboration between two research labs – one in Cambridge and one in the NIH; the student is supervised jointly by a supervisor at each institution and spends two years at the NIH and two years at the University of Cambridge.
Candidates who are US nationals are eligible to apply via the NIH annual competition. A standard PhD (4-year) route is available, and also an MD/PhD route for candidates interweaving doctoral research with their clinical training in the US.
If a student is made an offer by the NIH, they then need to decide whether to apply to Cambridge or Oxford. Students will have the opportunity to review the established collaborative projects, visit the UK and spend time talking with a number of lab supervisors.
NIH Cambridge Projects
The programme has established a list of potential projects to help candidates efficiently identify a collaboration that would be of interest. Candidates are encouraged to approach PIs or make further enquiries to the Graduate Progamme office.
Available to the new incoming class each year while research collaborations are being planned and thought about, our PI Ambassadors provide advice and guidance to direct candidates to the best Cambridge PI that fits in their area of interest. Candidates are encouraged to review the ambassador websites and make contact. The GCAT office is also available to provide advice.
Below are links to the four science schools and the Graduate School of Life Sciences in Cambridge. It is advisable that you visit the school websites and read up thoroughly on the work being undertaken at these schools. Once you have a shortlist GCAT is happy to assist with introductions, or you can contact the lab of your choice directly.
The student application guide provides all the information to make your application to Cambridge and undertake the visa process. Other important links to graduate admissions, international office and student registry are in this guide.
Wellcome Trust- NIH
In addition to US citizens, a small number of students from the UK and EU area can be admitted to the programme through the Wellcome Trust – NIH partnership programme