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How to Apply


The university seeks students who have a natural curiosity about science and who have demonstrated aptitude, enthusiasm and commitment to research. Students who enter the Ph.D. program must have received a bachelor or master of arts or sciences, or doctor of medicine or equivalent international qualification. Applicants must demonstrate a high level of achievement in the biological, chemical, mathematical, or physical sciences.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online at They must include:

  • A personal statement describing your academic background, research experience, and career goals
  • An official transcript from each college or university you have attended
  • Letters of recommendation from three or four sponsors who can assess your potential for research
  • TOEFL score if applying from a non-English speaking country
  • An application fee of $50

Submission of General and Advanced Subject Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores is optional and not required for admission.

Applications must be received by December 1, 2017 for entrance during the first week of September 2018.

Applications are evaluated by faculty working in a wide range of fields, and they look for students who have demonstrated a commitment to scientific excellence and who they believe will thrive in a flexible, interdisciplinary program.

Selected candidates will be invited to interview for a position in the graduate program in February and March 2018. During these visits, candidates have formal and informal opportunities to meet faculty and students, to visit laboratories and residence halls, to explore the campus and neighborhood, and to experience cultural opportunities in New York City.


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It is the policy of The Rockefeller University to support equality of educational and employment opportunity. No individual shall be denied admission to the Graduate Program of the University or otherwise be discriminated against with respect to any program or in the administration of any policy of the University because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. The Rockefeller University is committed to the maintenance of affirmative action programs that will assure the continuation of such equality of opportunity.