The Scholars Program

A Need Addressed

Today’s most effective researchers operate in an environment characterized by international, multi-disciplinary collaboration. This requires new skills and perspectives that are not part of traditional doctoral training programs. To become exceptional leaders in basic and clinical biomedical research, young scientists must be ambitious in utilizing the new global pathways connecting scientists around the world. In addition, they should be cognizant of opportunities to influence the translation of discoveries into the products that heal and are accessible to those in need.

Problems with traditional biomedical PhD training NIH-Ox-Cam innovational training
Not collaborative team science Two research mentors (or more) for collaborative, international projects
 Inadequate for global interdisciplinary science  Move fluidly between the US and UK and gain exposure to science in other countries
No individual curriculum – all students treated the same  Individualized interdisciplinary training
Not “results” oriented – academic but not practical  Emphasis on outcomes
7.8 yrs to obtain PhD (mentor or funding situation determines time of graduation)  2-5 yrs to obtain PhD


Against this backdrop, NIH joined the Oxford and Cambridge Universities to establish a program based on these principles suited to the most promising students. The result has been the creation of the NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program.