Admission & Financial Support


The Department of Molecular Biology reviews applications each year for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. We encourage applications from students of diverse academic backgrounds.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2016

Admission Requirements

The Admission Committee thoroughly evaluates each application; there is no single deciding factor for admission. Promising applicants will be invited for an interview.

A complete application includes:

  •  A completed web-based application.
  • Transcript - scanned version obtained from your college or university.
  • Official GRE exam scores from ETS. While the GRE General Test is required of all applicants, a Subject Test is not. For GRE scores, use Institution Code 2672.
  • Official TOEFL exam scores from ETS for students whose native language is not English and who have not received their undergraduate education in a U.S. college or university.
  • For TOEFL scores, use Institution Code 2672.
  • Three letters of recommendation.


When applying to Molecular Biology, please proceed directly to Graduate Admission.

All students admitted to the program receive tuition, health insurance, and a generous stipend. The stipend for the 2016-17 academic year is $34,000.

Financial Support


Students from China may apply to the China Scholarship Council/Princeton University Joint Funding Program. In the application form, please specify that you plan to apply for CSC/Princeton Scholarship in Molecular Biology in the section "obtaining external funding support".

Graduate students will be encouraged to apply for fellowships at some point during their graduate career. Fellowship opportunities are available from the following:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Hertz Foundation
  • Department of Defense Breast Cancer
  • NJ Comission on Cancer Research (breast, prostate)
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
  • American Heart Association
  • American Lung Association
  • Autism Speaks
  • Ford Foundation
  • United Negro College Foundation Merck Science Initiative
  • Robert D. Watkins Minority
  • American Physics Association in Neuroscience
  • National Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada
  • NJ Commission on Spinal Cord Research

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, you must discuss the application first with the Graduate Administrator for approval, and with the Assistant Grants Manager for eligibility and assistance with application materials. Visit funding for a comprehensive list of agencies.

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