UCL-NIH Scholar's Program

Recently, UCL and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) signed an agreement putting in place the framework for a prestigious new joint doctoral program in neuroscience, called the UCL-NIH Neuroscience Scholars' Program. The first students started on this program in September 2009. The program has initially been agreed with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) only, but is likely to expand in the future to include other institutes.

This 4-year program provides the opportunity for US students to conduct research for their PhD in neuroscience in laboratories at both UCL and the NIH, with an approximately 50% split in time between each institution, with the PhD awarded by UCL. The program funds students' fees and stipend in full, is supported by scholarships from the NIMH and the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences. EU students who already have funding and have begun their PhD at UCL may also enter the program under the "Advanced Scholar" category, spending a period of time in a lab at the NIMH during their PhD.

The program is directed at UCL by Dr Jonathan Roiser at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, and at the NIMH by Dr Barry Kaplan, the Training Director. Students or supervisors interested in participating in the program should contact Dr Roiser on j.roiser@ucl.ac.uk.