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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 to the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training program and 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. If you are accepted into one of the PhD programs at the NIH, you are conditionally awarded supplemental NIH MSTP funds, available through the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program, to support your remaining years of medical school (usually MS3 and MS4). If you are interested in creating an Individual Partnership, you will need to contact the MD/PhD Partnership Training Program and the NIH GPP.


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 for the 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 their medical school's 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 partnership for the PhD portion of your 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 graduate partnerships.
  2. Apply to the MD/PhD Partnership Training Program and and an NIH GPP through the application portal.
  3. During the interview and application process for the GPP, representatives from the MD/PhD Partnership Training Program Steering Committee will contact you to arrange a time to meet.
  4. If you are accepted into your desired program, you will be contacted by the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program Director to confirm whether you will receive funding for the remaining years of medical school upon completion of your PhD.

NOTE: Even if you are not awarded supplemental NIH MSTP funding, you are still 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 Research Center.

Section B:

Individuals who are enrolled in a medical school that has an MSTP, but are not enrolled in that program, 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 partnership for the PhD portion of your training.
    1. You will need to discuss your options for applying to the MSTP at your medical school.  In order to be eligible for funding, you must be accepted into your institutes MSTP.
    2. You MUST have permission from the Dean in order to participate in one of the NIH graduate partnerships.
  2. Apply to the NIH GPP that you are interested in via the NIH GPP application portal.
  3. During the interview and application process for the GPP, representatives from the MD/PhD Partnership Training Program Steering Committee will contact you in order arrange a time to meet.
  4. If you are accepted into your desired program, you will be contacted by the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program Director to confirm whether you will receive funding for the remaining years of medical school upon completion of your PhD.

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 Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP). The activities and events organized for students by the GPP, individual programs, and the NIH Clinical Research Center are open and available for you. (You must speak with the Dean of your medical school about your intentions and get permission to participate in one of the NIH partnership programs for the PhD portion of your training.)


At this time, most students in the NIH MD/PhD 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 Individual Partnership, please contact the program administrators or the main GPP office for more information.

Application Process

  • Application portal opens August 1, 2015.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM EST on December 1, 2015.
  • Applications must be submitted through the GPP application portal: https://www2.training.nih.gov/transfer/gppapp
  • There is no fee for submitting applications through the GPP application portal.  Partnering universities may have an application fee.
  • Interview dates for the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program are tentatively scheduled for February 16-18, 2016.
    • For interview dates of other NIH partnership programs, please contact program administrators or visit the program website.
  • The 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 Program or other NIH GPPs:

  1. Create your account and select “Apply Now.”
  2. When asked if you are creating an Individual Partnership, select “No.”
    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 Office for more information.
  3. When asked if you are enrolled in an Institutional Partnership for PhD graduate students, select “No.”
  4. Select “Apply for Institutional Partnerships for PROSPECTIVE PhD Graduate Students.”
  5. Under Partnership Selection, select “Consortia of Universities - Intramural MD/PhD Partnership” and the NIH PhD partnership program that you are interested in joining.
    1. For example, NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program applicants select “University of Oxford/University of Cambridge (England)/NIH” (For students planning to start PhD training in Fall, 2016).

Prospective Students