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NIH MD/PHD Partnership Training Program

Prospective Students

 

Track 2: Current Medical Students

Students who are currently enrolled in medical school and considering dual-degree training should apply as a PhD student to one of the NIH Graduate Partnership Programs (GPPs), such as the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program (OxCam).

Track 2 Diagram

As a Track 2 student, you are responsible for funding the pre-clinical years of medical school (usually MS1 and MS2) and will begin the PhD phase of your training in an NIH GPP.  Just BEFORE your final year of PhD training, you may apply for limited NIH MSTP funds, available through the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program, to support your remaining years of medical school (usually MS3 and MS4).


For students who are interested in funding for the remainder of medical school through the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program, please answer the following questions to determine your steps in the application process:

NOTE: MSTP is defined here as a Medical Scientist Training Program with a T32 grant. A list of schools that receive the MSTP T32 grant can be found here: http://www.nigms.nih.gov/training/instpredoc/pages/PredocInst-MSTP.aspx

  1. Are you currently enrolled in your medical school’s MSTP?
    1. If Yes, see Section A
    2. If No, answer question 2
  2. Does your medical school have an MSTP?
    1. If Yes, see Section B
    2. If No, see Section C

Section A:

Students who are already enrolled in an MSTP must complete the following in order to participate in the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program:

  1. Speak with the Dean of your medical school about your intentions to participate in an NIH GPP for your PhD training, and that you will be applying for supplemental NIH MSTP funding through the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program.
    1. You MUST have permission from the Dean in order to participate in one of the NIH GPPs
  2. Apply to your desired NIH GPP through the NIH GPP application portal.
  3. Please communicate to the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program that you are interested in Track 2 MSTP funding.  You will have the opportunity to officially apply for this funding just before your final year of PhD training.  This funding is NOT guaranteed

Section B:

Individuals who are enrolled in a medical school that has an MSTP, but are not enrolled in its MSTP, must complete the following in order to participate in the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program:

  1. Speak with the Dean of your medical school about your intentions to participate in an NIH GPP for your PhD training.
    1. You will need to discuss your options for applying to your medical school’s MSTP.  In order to be eligible for funding, you must be accepted into your institution’s MSTP. 
    2. You MUST have permission from the Dean in order to participate in one of the NIH GPPs.
  2. Apply to your desired NIH GPP through the NIH GPP application portal.
  3. Please communicate to the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program that you are interested in Track 2 MSTP funding.  You will have the opportunity to officially apply for this funding just before your final year of PhD training.  This funding is NOT guaranteed.

Section C:

Students who are enrolled in medical schools that DO NOT have an MSTP are, unfortunately, not eligible for supplemental NIH MSTP funding.  Please feel free to apply to any of the options available through the NIH GPPs.  The activities and events organized for students by the GPPs, individual partnership programs, and the NIH Clinical Center are open and available to you.  You will need to speak with the Dean of your medical school about your intentions and get permission to participate in an NIH GPP for your PhD training.

NOTE: Throughout your time at the NIH, you are encouraged to participate in activities and events planned for MD/PhD students at the NIH through your graduate program, the GPP, and the NIH Clinical Center.


At this time, most students in the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program earn their PhD in OxCam, a four-year PhD program partnered with the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.  For more information about OxCam, please visit its website.

If you are considering a different NIH GPP or an individual agreement, please contact the program administrators or the main GPP office for more information.

Application Process

  • Application portal opens August 1, 2016.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM EST on December 1, 2016.
  • Applications must be submitted through the GPP application portal: https://www2.training.nih.gov/apps/publicForms/gpp/forms/login.aspx
  • There is no fee for submitting applications through the GPP application portal.  Partnering universities may have an application fee.
  • 2017 interview dates for Track 1 applicants are tentatively scheduled for February 15, 16, and 17. You must attend all three days.
    • For interview dates for other NIH GPPs, please contact the program’s administrators or visit the program’s website.
  • The NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program will cover your transportation and lodging costs during interviews.

Applications Required for Admissions Consideration and University Choice:

Only the NIH GPP application is required for considering your admission to the NIH OxCam Scholars Program or other NIH GPPs:

  1. Create your account and select “Apply Now.”
  2. Select GPP APPLICATION (LONG FORM)
    1. If you want to create an individual agreement between mentors at the NIH and a partnering institution (e.g., your medical school), please contact the NIH GPP for more information.
  3. Under Partnership Selection, select your desired NIH GPP(s).
    1. For example, NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program applicants select “University of Oxford (England)/University of Cambridge (England)/NIH”.
      • (For students planning to start PhD training in Fall, 2017).

 

Prospective Students