Students interested in pursuing a career as a physician-scientist via the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program may pursue the PhD phase of training through the NIH Oxford-Cambridge (OxCam) Scholars Program. The NIH OxCam Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. Most students accepted into the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program elect to participate in the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program for the PhD portion of their training.
NIH Oxford-Cambridge (OxCam) students partner with two Investigators - one at the NIH and another at the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom - to perform a single, collaborative dissertation project. Since the program is based on the British system, OxCam Scholars perform doctoral research without required formal courses other than those students choose to take to specifically develop or advance their research project. As a result, OxCam students are able to complete the doctoral degree in approximately four years. Students are expected to divide the time evenly between the two laboratories, with two years in the NIH laboratory and two years in the UK laboratory. For more information about the NIH OxCam Program, please visit the program website.