MolBio Scholars Program

The Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University 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. The application process will open in Spring 2024. MolBio Scholars will be selected from a competitive national applicant pool of junior and senior undergraduates for travel to Princeton University in early October 2024

Program Outline

Dates of the upcoming program will be announced this coming Spring.  MolBio Scholars will attend workshops on the process of applying to and interviewing for graduate school as part of the Princeton PhD Preview (P3) program, resources available to our graduate students, as well as participate in the annual Department of Molecular Biology off-campus 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 gain insights into the process of applying to graduate school.


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 October, 2023. We strongly encourage applications from Minority Serving Institutions such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities or Hispanic Serving Institutions.


The application form is coming soon in Spring 2024



Q: Do I need to submit an official transcript with my application?

A: For the online application it is acceptable to submit an unofficial transcript. Those individuals moving into the final stages of the selection process will be asked to submit an official copy.

Q: How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

A: Letters of recommendation should be submitted via the application system. Please ask your references to include your full name in the email subject and in any related documents.

Q: Do I need to pay out-of-pocket for my travel expenses?

A: No. The MolBio Scholars staff will arrange to pay for your airfare or train transportation directly. You may need to pay for transportation to and from the airport, but you will be reimbursed for those expenses.

Q: What is the dress code for the visit?

A: Dress is business casual/comfortable. The retreat will be at the beach so bring some clothes for that as well.

Q: Can I attend on a different day?

A: No. This program is tied to our Departmental Retreat, so we are not able to offer alternative dates.

Q: Which airport is best for traveling to Princeton?

A: Either Newark International Airport (EWR) or Philadelphia (PHL) is fine, with Newark slightly more convenient. Many NJ Transit trains on the Northeast Corridor line leave from Newark Airport and stop at Princeton Junction, where you can transfer to the "Dinky" Princeton line to get to campus.

Additional Questions?
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Picture above: 2019 MOL BIO Scholars

Read about last year's program in Graduate Student News: New Initiative Brings Prospective Doctoral Students to Campus

Directory of 2017 MOL BIO Scholars

Directory of 2018 MOL BIO Scholars

Directory of 2019 MOL BIO Scholars

Directory of 2020 MOL BIO Scholars