The National Institutes of Health and the Rhodes Trust Announce Affiliation
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American office
of the Rhodes Trust (U.K.), have announced a new affiliation that
will jointly fund doctoral research and education at Oxford University
and at the NIH. This opportunity for students who have been awarded
a Rhodes Scholarship has been established in recognition of the
need for cutting-edge scientific inquiry and the development of
the world's future leaders in biomedical science.
"We are extremely pleased to enter into this new alliance
with the Rhodes Trust," said Michael Lenardo, M.D., Director
of the NIH/Oxford Program. "Our mission is to train leaders
in biomedical research who will conquer disease by pioneering the
new scientific disciplines of the future. The opportunity to pursue
this goal with the outstanding young men and women awarded Rhodes
Scholarships and together with Oxford University is an exciting
The goal of this alliance is to strongly encourage current and
potential Rhodes Scholars with an academic interest in, and promise
for, biomedical science to pursue leadership roles in medical research.
In addition, this new association will contribute to the education
of all Rhodes Scholars by sponsorship of joint programs to educate
these extraordinary students about developments in the life sciences
with broad reaching societal impact.
"The Rhodes Scholarships are for outstanding students who
will employ their formidable talents to make a difference in the
lives of others," said Elliot F. Gerson, who oversees the Rhodes
Trust activities in the United States. "There can be no question
that the students who will benefit from this new partnership for
cutting-edge biomedical research would have pleased Cecil Rhodes,
the founder of the Rhodes Scholarships. Mr. Rhodes hoped that his
Scholars would 'engage in the world's fight' in the most meaningful
way they could. Engaging in research that could lead to cures for
mankind's most dreaded diseases certainly qualifies for that fight."
This new program will permit qualifying Rhodes Scholars who wish
to pursue an academic focus on biomedical research to complete a
doctorate as a student in the NIH-University of Oxford Scholars
Program. The NIH will provide stipend and academic fee support to
students pursuing a doctorate in the program following the completion
of the Rhodes Scholarship component of their studies. The Scholars
participating in this program will carry out research in NIH's intramural
program with guidance from NIH scientists using the most advanced
research technologies and facilities.
The newest class of Rhodes Scholars from the United States was
selected Saturday, November 20, 2004. Any bioscientists among the
group of 32 winners will be eligible to apply for this new program.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal
agency for conducting and supporting basic clinical and translational
medical research. NIH is comprised of 27 institutes and centers
and investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common
and rare diseases.