National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program
The National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program (NIH OxCam) is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. This program offers access to mentors and resources from the 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 NIH OxCam 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.
The program is based on the British system, in which students perform doctoral research without required formal courses other than those students choose to take in relationship to their own interests. Students selected for admission to the program have already developed a passion for science through engagement in summer, job related, or undergraduate research programs.