Frequently Asked Questions
1-on-1 Research Mentorship Programme

The 1-on-1 Mentorship offers students the opportunity to pursue research with a current teaching Oxbridge or Ivy League faculty member. Each mentorship experience is tailored to the specific needs and interests of each individual student. This programme enables you to explore what you want, the way you want.

One student, One mentor, One project.

Programme Outcomes

A Tailor-Made Course
Before we pair you with a mentor our Oxbridge PhD Academic advisors will work with you to craft your perfect research experience 
An Independent Research Project
Complete a journal-level research paper supervised by an Oxbridge or Ivy League faculty mentor.
Browse the 2022 Prospectus for:
  • Programme structure
  • Research course catalogue
  • Mentor biographies
  • Tuition & Scholarship
Oxbridge Level Writing Centre

Our writing centre, staffed by Oxbridge students and alumni, is constantly on call to provide prompt feedback on your writing.

Programme Details

Available all year

31% Acceptance rate

A Letter of Recommendation
The option to request a tailored letter penned by your Oxbridge or Ivy League faculty mentor.
Journal Publication Guidance
Our expert Academic team will guide you to the best forums for showcasing your work
A Signed Evaluation Report
From your Oxbridge mentor, issued by the programme, at the student's request.
Journal Publication Guidance

Publishing requires know-how.  Our expert team will not only help you transition from high school to academic writing, we will also actively assist you in getting your work published.  Our academic advisors actively maintain our database of publications so that we know how and where to best showcase your work.  We will help you avoid predatory academic forums and support you as you publish your work in legitimate journals and conferences.

Independent Ethics Review Committee

For research involving human subjects, an ERC review is often required to ensure the experiment adheres to research ethics.  CCIR's independently-run ERC is led by Dr Tom McClelland at the University of Cambridge. 


Every applicant for the 1-on-1 Mentorship Programme is automatically considered for our CCIR Scholarships based on merit.  

Your own ideas and passions are where we begin. Every aspect of your 1-on-1 mentorship experience can be customized to meet your specific needs and interests. Our Academic Team will help you to design a bespoke research experience and to find the perfect mentor.

Your course can start whenever you want, according to the schedule you need. Typically, mentorships run from 7-14 weeks and are focused on a single project — but everything can be customized to optimize your experience.

A Bespoke Research Experience

Course Structure

Endless possibilities

The CCIR Network reaches top faculty members across Cambridge, Oxford, and select Ivy League universities.  In the past our students have embarked on mentorship experiences in the following areas:

Expected Weekly Engagement



office hours upon requet


correspondence and guidance

face-time hours with your mentor

At CCIR, we are incredibly proud of the work our students do. The aim of the Student Spotlight interview series is to showcase the amazing work that our students do through our programmes. To learn more about the work our students do, follow the arrow below.

Diverse areas of research

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Business Management
  • International Relations
  • Political Economy
  • Bioinformatics
  • European History
  • Architecture
  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Biochemistry
  • Economics
  • Astrophysics
  • Sociology
  • US History

Total Flexibility

While the 1-on-1 mentorship offers a flexible structure, many students end up opting for a more standard 14 week structure. Their courses are typically split 50/50 between teaching and research. The first 7 weeks focus on building up your foundations of knowledge. In the second 7 weeks, this will empower you to execute your own independent research project.


How to Apply

Step 1: Intake Meeting

First schedule an 30-minute Intake Meeting with our Academic Coordinator. This will serve not only as a programme info session. As we get to know you and your intellectual aspirations, we are kicking off the course design process.

Step 2: Submit Application Form

Next, complete and submit the required application form and documentation.

Step 3: Interview

Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview with one of our Academic Advisors. Here, you will meet a current PhD candidate from either Cambridge or Oxford with expertise in your stated areas of academic interest.

The purpose of this interview is twofold: to evaluate your academic background and to help you further articulate your academic interests.

Step 4: Mentor Research & Introductory Meeting

This is when we tap into our network of Oxbridge researchers to help you find your perfect mentor. Together with your application materials, we will send the recording of the Advising session to potential mentors. ​

If there is an interested mentor, we will then arrange an 30-minute Introductory Meeting between you and your mentor, where you will get to know each other and finalize the direction of your research.