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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

National Institutes of Health Oxford/Cambridge Programme is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £70 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Application to the NIH OxCam programme is through the National Institutes of Health USA for US citizens only. Candidates have to apply to the NIH first.

Successful applicants should then apply to Cambridge for consideration by departments.

Alternatively, applicants may also apply to Cambridge in parallel with their NIH application in order to have the opportunity to be considered for alternative funding from Gates Cambridge, which offers joint funding with the NIH for this programme.

Further details on the NIH OxCam programme is available on the School of Clinical Medicine website.

This course is part of a scheme within the Graduate School of Life Sciences which enables three applications to be made with payment of a single £70 application fee. A list of other eligible courses and further information can be found here.

Selection Process

Applications are considered as part of a gathered field.

Applications are open from 1 August to 1 December of each year. Candidates are shortlisted by the NIH and invited to interview in the following 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 collaborative research proposal and their application to Cambridge is considered by the departments and subject to the University admissions criteria. 

Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

How to Find a Supervisor

Projects are available to help candidates efficiently identify collaboration. Candidates are encouraged to approach Principal Investigators (PIs) directly. Contact for more information

PI Ambassadors can also provide advice and guidance to help candidates select the most appropriate University of Cambridge PI for their area of research interest.  Candidates are encouraged to make direct contact with any of the Ambassadors listed below or with the Graduate Training Office.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 30, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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