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
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
- Three letters of recommendation.
Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, QCB (Quantitative & Computational Biology), and EEB (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) offer a joint admissions process called Biology@Princeton. This website provides information on how to apply to multiple programs. If you are applying only to Molecular Biology, you can instead proceed directly to Graduate Admission.
All students admitted to the program receive tuition, health insurance, and a generous stipend. The stipend for the 2015-16 academic year is $33,000.
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)
Department of Defense Breast Cancer
NJ Comission on Cancer Research (breast, prostate)
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
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 Manager of Student Services for approval, and with the Assistant Grants Manager for eligibility and assistance with application materials. Visit our funding page for comprehensive list of agencies.
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- Do you offer a master's degree program?
- Can I apply for admission for the spring term?
- I majored in a non-biology discipline such as chemistry, physics, or mathematics. Am I eligible for admission? Are there specific course requirements for admission?
- I am an international student. Should I apply?
- Am I a good candidate for admission?
- When are the interview weekends?
- How do I apply to the MD/PhD program?
- Is there an advantage to applying through Biology@Princeton?