MolBio Scholars Program


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April 26, 2024

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Application Deadline: June 15, 2024

The Princeton Molecular Biology graduate program invites prospective students interested in graduate training in molecular and cellular biology to participate in the MolBio Scholars program. Scholars will participate in a fully funded visit to the beautiful Princeton campus to learn more about graduate admissions, interact with Molecular Biology faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, and attend the departmental retreat.

The Department of Molecular Biology is committed to increasing the participation of students with exceptional ability and promise. Students who will bring a diversity of viewpoints and cultures to the sciences, and who have demonstrated interest and passion for research in the broad field of Molecular and Cellular Biology, are invited to apply for and be appointed as a 2024 MolBio Scholar.

Application Deadline is June 15, 2024

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2022 MolBio Scholars: (l-r) Amy Wuwu, Lance Li, Spencer Danner-Bocks, Peyton Carpen, Shukuru Rushanika, Nivitha Murali, Rafaella Shima, Kirsten Underwood, and Cayetana Lazcano Etchebarne.

Program Outline

Scholars will arrive on September 26th and depart on September 29th. Scholars will attend workshops on the process of applying to and interviewing for graduate school, resources available to our graduate students, as well as participate in the annual Department of Molecular Biology retreat.  At the retreat, graduate students and postdocs from each lab in the department highlight their recent research. MolBio Scholars will also be given the opportunity to present a poster on their prior research, as well as to engage in informal and formal networking interactions with MolBio faculty and graduate students. It is a great way to preview Princeton and the department and gain insights into the process of applying to graduate school.


Scholars will be selected from a competitive national applicant pool of junior and senior undergraduates. U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in U.S. colleges or universities (including U.S. territories, Guam and Puerto Rico). Eligible applicants should hold an academic status of junior, senior or postbaccalaureate scholar by September 2024. We strongly encourage applications from Minority Serving Institutions such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities or Hispanic Serving Institution.

Application Requirements

  • CV/Resume
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation. List two people who will write letters of recommendation in support of your application. Letters should be sent directly to [email protected].
  • Personal/Professional Statement

MolBio Scholars Program FAQ

MolBio Scholars Archive

See MolBio Scholars of prior years, their undergraduate institution, and who ultimately joined the department. Note that admission offers were made to more students than accepted. (They had other good choices!)