Graduate Studies

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.


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.

Financial Support

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)

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 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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