Admissions Procedure

Only students interested in full time registration with the goal of obtaining a Ph.D. degree are considered for this graduate program at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. The entrance requirements are very competitive and final registration is subject to review and approval by the Research Degrees Office of the Open University.

All student applications will be screened by the Research Degree Coordinator in consultation with the Scientific Director prior to interview to ensure applicants meet or will be able to meet the required standards of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and the Open University.

All applicants are interviewed by potential supervisor(s), the Research Degree Coordinator, and members of the Graduate Program Coordinating Committee. Preferentially, these interviews are conducted in person but may be conducted over the phone if a visit to the Stowers Institute is not feasible.

Decisions about offering a place are made on the basis of:

  • statement of research interest
  • existing or predicted qualifications and grades
  • experience gained after degree qualifications
  • 2 to 3 academic references
  • official transcripts
  • copies of GREs and TOEFL score reports if available
  • interviews
  • letter of support from a Stowers faculty member

Prior to acceptance:

Qualified candidates should approach an individual principal investigator at the Stowers Institute, who must support and recommend the student to this program.

An offer letter will be sent to the candidate by the institute’s administration on behalf of the Graduate Program Coordinating Committee. All offers are subject to the prospective student’s acceptance of the conditions of the letter of appointment and, where appropriate, the award of a degree with the required classification.

The final step is the registration with and approval by the Open University (see Registration with the Open University).


After acceptance:

Once accepted into the program, individual students will be assessed with respect to their training needs, including generic skills training, subject training, and project specific training. Their progress in acquiring these skills and training will be monitored by the individual’s Student Advisory Committee.