This is a 4 year PhD programme in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) whereby students spend 2 years at Cambridge and 2 years at the NIH.
This innovative programme was established in 2002. Its aim is to train outstanding students in biomedical research, taking advantage of the outstanding research environments. Students work on collaborative projects organised by co-supervisors at both Cambridge and the NIH, spending two years at each institution. Students have access to all NIH facilities and are paid by the NIH. The PhD is awarded by the University of Cambridge.
There is no formal teaching.
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The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University's expectations regarding supervision
The programme hosts an annual research workshop at either the NIH, Oxford or Cambridge to allow a platform for students to present their research to date.
Students should expect to receive on-going feedback from all supervisors involved in their research project. This could take place during one-to-one meetings or during lab meetings. In addition, students can expect to receive a written on-line report each term.
The PhD is examined by dissertation (maximum of 60,000 words) and viva, held in Cambridge.
For the first year, students are probationary; they will only be registered for the PhD after successfully completing an assessment exercise (report and viva) at the end of their 1st year as a PhD student.
The funder (NIH) requires an annual report submitted to the NIH directorate.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
The Apply Online button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application, and request references.
An application is only complete when:
If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.
Application to this programme is through the National Institutes of Health USA.
Successful applicants apply to Cambridge for consideration of departments.
Applicants may also apply to Cambridge in parallel with their NIH application in order to have the opportunity to be considered for Gates or Cambridge Trust funding both of whom offer joint funding with the NIH for this programme.
Applications are considered as part of a gathered field.
Applications open from 1st August to 1st December of each year. Candidates are shortlisted by the NIH and invited to interview in February.
The interview panels are comprised of academics from Cambridge, Oxford and the NIH, as well as programme directors.
Successful candidates then work with the NIH and Cambridge to create a c
The NIH OxCam programme funds a full 4-year PhD, including University and College fees, stipend, maintenance and insurance. The funds support 6 terms of research in Cambridge and 6 terms of research at the NIH.
Gates and Cambridge Trust also offer joint funding with the NIH OxCam programme for the full 4 year PhD, providing two years of stipend and University and College fees whilst the student is in Cambridge and the NIH providing two years of stipend, a travel budget and insurance throughout the duration of the PhD. Wherever possible, eligible applicants for the Gates and Cambridge Trust are expected to apply for this funding - applications will need to be received within the normal funding deadlines and processes.