So far I’ve helped 500+ Oxbridge applicants from all over the world apply to, interview for, and get accepted to Oxbridge postgraduate programmes.

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Will you be our next success story?

Hey, I’m Claire! welcome to oxbridge admissions club

I help aspiring Oxford & Cambridge postgraduates get accepted to their dream programmes by providing affordable, high-quality admissions advice, empowering future changemakers.


I know what it feels like to be an outsider and completely overwhelmed by the prospect of applying to Oxford and Cambridge.

Back in 2017, I learned the hard way that getting accepted to Oxbridge from outside their “ivory tower” world is exceedingly difficult without the right connections or lots of money to pay private admissions consultants for insider information.

(To the tune of £7,000 or more.)

After weathering the rollercoaster of 2 application rounds, 10 rejections, 4 years, and eventually 3 Oxbridge PhD offers (two of which were fully-funded) through a whole lot of guesswork, I thought there had to be a better way.

Now, as a current Oxford PhD student, I’ve helped over 400 Oxbridge postgraduate applicants from all over the world apply and get accepted with my simple, revolutionary digital courses and guides.

So let’s shatter the myth: you don’t need an Ivy League pedigree, family connections, or a stack of first-author publications to get admitted.

(I didn’t have any of these).

What you do need are the right tools and insider knowledge, and that’s exactly what I’m here to give you.

So if you have your sights set on an Oxbridge postgraduate degree, you’ve landed in the perfect spot!

Ready to transform your Oxbridge aspirations into a life-changing reality?

meet claire

STUDENT // NEUROIMMUNOLOGIST // EDUCATOR

Oxford DPhil Candidate, Clarendon Scholar, & Winner of Fully-Funded PhDs at Oxford & Cambridge.


Hi there! I’m Claire, a third-year DPhil (PhD) student studying Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford. My academic journey has been anything but conventional.

I first dipped my toes into the world of grad school applications in 2017, aiming to research my twin sister Maegan’s rare autoimmune disease – CIDP. Despite graduating magna cum laude with my B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from The University of Michigan, a global top 30 university, along with two years of undergraduate research experience, I faced dozens of rejections that left me questioning my path.

It wasn’t until my second round of applications in 2020, armed with lessons from my failures, that I secured acceptance offers from both Oxford and Cambridge. Despite the most competitive applicant pool in history coming off the COVID-19 pandemic, I eventually landed a full Clarendon Scholarship to study at Oxford along with a fully-funded Doctoral Training Partnership offer at Cambridge.

Through my highs and lows, I’ve gained a deep understanding of the Oxbridge application process – knowledge I’m eager to share with you now. Through Oxbridge Admissions Club, I’m sharing the insider tools, tips, and advice I wish I had during my own application journey, and I’m confident they will serve you well.

More about my STORY

From dying twin sister & 10+ PhD rejections to

fully-funded DPhil candidate and Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford.

WHAT OXBRIDGE ADMISSIONS CLUB STUDENTS ARE SAYING
what I believe in

001.

EXPERT ADMISSIONS ADVICE SHOULD BE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL

Admissions advice for two of the world’s best universities shouldn’t only be accessible to the rich and privileged few. The world is filled with brilliant, passionate people (like you!) who want to achieve something extraordinary – and we should all have an equal shot at admissions.

002.

YOUR Passion & UNIQUE PATH MAKES YOU STAND OUT – EMBRACE them

Whether you’ve taken the expected path or feel like you’ve strayed far from it, it’s this winding road and the passion that led you along it that makes you stand out. Embrace this in your approach to applications and the right schools with see it and value it.

003.

WITH DETERMINATION & HARD WORK, YOU WILL END UP EXACTLY WHERE YOU’RE MEANT TO BE

If you’re here, you probably know that academic excellence doesn’t come easily. But with perseverance and unwavering faith in your success, along with the right tools, you will ultimately land where you were always meant to be – every single time.

the long story

how I got Here

March 2004

When we were about 7 years old, my fraternal twin sister, Maegan, fell down on the playground and couldn’t get back up.

Practically overnight, she became completely paralysed from the waist-down, changing our lives forever.

May 2004

Maegan quickly progressed to quadriplegia, unable to even roll herself over in bed.

After many visits to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, with a breathing machine on standby for when her lungs might fail, she was the second-youngest person in the world to be diagnosed with CIDP, a rare autoimmune neurological condition that identified the nerves in her legs as a virus and destroyed them.

2005-2008

Maegan’s battle wasn’t just physical; it was emotional too. We spent countless hours by her side in hospitals, surgeries, and physical therapy as she tried to regain what she had lost.

Instead of playing and enjoying life like most kids, Maegan spent her childhood re-learning how to walk.

June 2015

In the summer of 2015 after my freshman year of college, I went to study abroad in Salzburg, Austria.

My family didn’t get to travel much while we were growing up due to financial constraints and Maegan’s medical situation, and I knew there was more out there – I just didn’t know what.

This is where I fell in love with traveling and decided not to pursue medical school so that I could explore other areas of interest during my degree.

September 2014

In the autumn of 2014, I began my Bachelor’s degree in the Honours Programme at The University of Michigan to study Neuroscience.

I was fuelled by a desire to better understand the complexities driving her disease as she continued to recover and cope with lifelong disability.

2004-2010

She progressed from wheelchair to walker to foot braces over years of physical therapy, weekly IVIg infusions through a permanent catheter, and painful spinal taps and electrical stimulation of her legs over many follow-up visits to Mayo.

Her courage became my inspiration, teaching me the importance of our own health as well as research into such rare, devastating diseases, because we could lose it all tomorrow in an instant.

May 2016

After spending a full year as an undergraduate research assistant researching Multiple Sclerosis in a laboratory at Michigan, the PI refused to continue paying me over the summer.

So, I marched down to my international internship office and found a last-minute opportunity to work at an environmental conservation agency in Albania.

At 19 years old, I would be the only student in the world going to work there, solo traveling for the first time.

Summer 2016

My summer living, working, and traveling around Albania was nothing short of life-changing.

It opened my eyes even more to different perspectives and life experiences, as well as interests and potential future directions for my own career.

At this time, I also started a travel blog which I still own and operate to this day.

I came back to Michigan at the end of the summer, not ready to spend the rest of my degree staying put in the same place.

2017

So, I spent the entire last year of my Bachelor’s degree abroad, stringing together study abroad semesters and exchanges in Leiden, the Netherlands and Copenhagen, Denmark.

I even spent the summer in between interning at the US Embassy in Berlin with a full scholarship, eager to explore my developing interest in diplomacy.

It was at the end of 2017, when I was finishing up my degree in Denmark, that I made the impulse decision to apply for PhDs.

Spring 2018

Months went by after I submitted my applications and all I heard were crickets.

As time went on, I began to realise that the deadlines to hear back about interviews had long passed.

When I moved to the Boston area back in the US later that spring, the formal rejections finally began to trickle in, slowly but steadily.

My positive momentum was stopped in its tracks and I fell into the first deep depression of my life, seriously doubting my path.

October-December 2017

I didn’t know anyone who had gotten into such elite universities before, and instead took advice from others who, while they meant well, had never accomplished what I was trying to, and didn’t truly understand how today’s application process works.

I submitted anyway, waiting and hoping. Meanwhile, I graduated with High Distinction from The University of Michigan that December.

Then, Maegan was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

October 2017

While I still loved traveling and loved the idea of uniting that passion with diplomacy, the truth was, I missed science.

So, I set out to apply for PhD programmes across neurobiology and cognitive science, casting my net far and wide across research topics and schools. After all, I was interested in a lot of things!

So I rushed to complete my applications and study for the GRE while I lived in Copenhagen.

2018-2019

The rest of 2018 through 2019 was filled with personal and professional turmoil.

I secured a full-time lab tech position at Harvard after moving to Boston. However, it was the wrong fit for me and I quit after six months to try financial consulting.

When that didn’t work out just three months in, I took off to travel solo through Central America and Eastern Europe for four months while doing some deep soul-searching.

This was all while Maegan fought valiantly to beat lymphoma, and I felt torn between my career and wanting to be there for her.

Luckily, being the warrior that she is, Maegan beat lymphoma over the next year.

September 2019

However, as money ran out after my travels, it was time to “come back to the real world” and get a job.

I had always been interested in entrepreneurship, and after studying for so long how things can go wrong, I wanted to be closer to making life-changing therapeutics that actually help patients in the end.

So, I applied for jobs in biotech. I probably interviewed at 50+ companies and start-ups before getting a position as a Research Assistant at a company in Boston making synthetic platelets from stem cells.

January-March 2020

In early 2020, I began an online Master’s degree in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University, eager to further increase my industry knowledge.

(Two weeks in I also got in a bad snowboarding accident and was left with a concussion whose effects followed me for months.)

And then, well, we all know what happened in March of 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Despite my concussion and having to report in-person to work every day as I was essential personnel in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic, I pressed on with my coursework.

January 2021

In early Janurary, I got my first interview invitation at Cambridge.

Then the invites poured in: two more at Cambridge, my dream programme at Oxford, fully-funded PhDs at KCL and UCL, and more.

I was in shock.

By the end of January, I had seven PhD interviews in the span of 10 days, some back-to-back on the same day.

It was one of the most stressful times in my entire life, but somehow, I got through it!

Autumn 2020

Application season rolled around, and this time, I was committed to being better prepared.

I started my applications early in September, asking for invaluable advice from others who had successfully gotten into some of the most elite universities the year prior.

I spoke with current academics at Harvard and Columbia, held meetings with potential supervisors, got better reference letters from my enhanced network, and did it all scared.

In December 2020, I got my first interview invite for a fully-funded PhD at the University of Edinburgh.

Clearly, I had figured something out this time!

Summer 2020

As I continued with my coursework, I couldn’t stop thinking about immunocompromised people like Maegan.

The isolation and state of the world made me rediscover my true passion for helping others through medicine, especially after witnessing Maegan’s second battle.

So, against all fears and self-doubt, I decided to try again for a PhD, this time directly to cure Maegan’s CIDP.

I committed to waking up an hour earlier every morning to work on activities that would set me up for successful applications.

February 2021

After completing all of my PhD interviews and securing a higher-paying position at a superior biotech company in Boston, my Dad took me on a ski trip with him to Idaho, his Christmas present to me.

On February 3, 2021, I woke up to the early morning haze covering the mountains outside our Airbnb window, a little jet-lagged from the time change.

With half-open eyes, I unlocked my phone and went to my email – a reflex that had developed in such a season of interviews and important communications.

When I opened my email inbox, there it was: Congratulations, you have been accepted to Oxford University.

I will never forget the tears I could hear my Mom choking back when I called her or the utter disbelief on my Dad’s face when I told him when he woke up that morning.

February-March 2021

The emails started pouring in. I was named a top applicant for my acceptance at Cambridge along with my dream programme at Oxford.

I could not believe it. I was so sincerely humbled and amazed by the comeback I didn’t believe was possible at first.

However, the story didn’t end there – unlike in the US, admissions to a PhD programme doesn’t mean you win funding.

I was fortunate enough to have my name put forward by both Oxford and Cambridge for internal funding sources, but they emphasised how competitive this was and urged admits to search for alternative funding.

As I anxiously awaited word of funding throughout March, I was told in the end by Oxford that I did not win funding.

March-April 2021

After getting so close, my dream would die if I didn’t find an alternative funding source.

For the rest of March and into April, I spent literally every spare second searching for funding. When I wasn’t working, sleeping, or eating, I was on my computer, scouring every last corner of the internet.

I still did my morning practices that had gotten me this far, reciting affirmations and visualising my ultimate success, but I was losing hope – fast.

Near the end of April, I was about to submit a huge NIH grant application for some funding. My two prospective supervisors at Oxford had agreed to sign onto it and were submitting all their materials along with mine.

But I was seriously in over my head – I hadn’t ever applied for serious research funding, let alone an NIH grant!

Autumn 2021

In September later that year, I arrived in Oxford to begin my DPhil (PhD) in Clinical Neurosciences.

I’ll never forget the magic of arriving on Oxford’s High Street with my two suitcases and backpack, fresh off an overnight transatlantic flight. I was ready to start a new, exciting, scary chapter of my life in the UK. Though the future was filled with uncertainty, I learned from the application process to do it scared anyway – and so that’s what I do, every day.

I’m now in my third year at Oxford, and I can truthfully say the magic and disbelief of being here never fully wears off.

April-May 2021

Around the same time, I was offered a highly competitive Doctoral Training Partnership with full funding at Cambridge.

Since Oxford was my dream with a supervisor whose research perfectly aligned with my interests in Maegan’s disease, Oxford is who I would choose in the end.

It was a wild feeling when I eventually had to email Cambridge to turn down their offer.

I had thought such a comeback was impossible after my 10+ rejections three years prior, but I was living proof it wasn’t.

April 2021

The day before the grant was due, my Oxford supervisors fell silent.

They stopped submitting their materials and their emails got vague, like they knew something I didn’t and were backing out!

On April 20, 2021, after returning home from Fenway Park to receive my COVID-19 booster shot, I was notified by Oxford that I had been awarded a full Clarendon scholarship for my PhD, one of the most prestigious graduate scholarships available.

I was in shock – while this wasn’t my precise goal (I was happy with any funding at all), “Full Clarendon Scholarship” was what I had put on my visualisation board, along with a fake email addressed to me telling me I had won one!!