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Pursuing innovative, creative research in biology

Unprecedented access to leading scientists, state-of-the-art equipment, technical experts, and organizational support

Welcome to The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Predoctoral Researcher Accomplishments


2 first-author publications per predoctoral researcher on average by the completion of the program


96.9% job placement for Stowers Graduate School Alum

Meet our Alumni


1 out of 2 fellowships that a predoctoral researcher applies for is awarded

Learn more about our Ph.D. program

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Hear from our students

What makes our Ph.D. program unique

Click here to learn more from our Alumni about why they chose Stowers

Why get your degree at Stowers?

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Meet a PH.D. Candidate

Kaelan Brennan

Predoctoral researcher

At another program, as you formulate your research, you might have to ask yourself ‘Do we have the expertise to conduct this experiment? Do we have the funding?’ At Stowers, you don’t have to ask those questions. You just come up with an idea and execute, with the support of amazing people and facilities. There’s nowhere else like it that I know of.

About the Ph.D. Program

Preparing scientists to revolutionize twenty-first century biology through transformative and integrative approaches to research

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Combine critical thinking with in-depth training in the latest methodologies

Our accredited Ph.D. program is designed to provide exceptionally talented predoctoral researchers with the mentorship and hands-on experience required to prepare them for a career as independent scientists.


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Refine your ability to carry out independent research in biology

At the Stowers Graduate School, we value critical thinking and the development of experimental prowess. Learn what else makes an ideal candidate for our accredited Ph.D. program.

Ph.D. Program Admissions

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Work shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in their fields

The Graduate School is located within the Stowers Institute, giving predoctoral researchers unprecedented access to scientific leaders as they pursue their degrees. Learn about our incredible faculty.

Meet Our Faculty

Postbac & Undergrad Programs

Our program for college grads, aimed at promoting diversity in the sciences

The Stowers Research Scholars program is a mentored 1-year postbaccalaureate research fellowship located at our research campus in Kansas City. Through guided research and mentoring, this program aims to increase the number of NIH-defined underrepresented students in fundamental biological research.

Research Scholars

Our paid 8-week summer internship for undergrads

The Summer Scholars Program is an 8-week internship conducting research at our Kansas City campus, under the guidance and supervision of the laboratory head or a senior member of the lab.

Summer Scholars

Our paid year-long program for early-career computational biologists and bioinformaticians

The Stowers Computational Biology Scholars Program provides a valuable, career-enhancing research and mentoring opportunity for early-career computational biologists and bioinformaticians. Computational Biology Scholars will be immersed in an innovative research environment within the context of a mentored and fully funded training program.

Computational Biology Scholars

Already Have Your Ph.D.?

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Learn about the Stowers Institute’s structured postdoc program

Enjoy unrestricted access to technology and technology experts, experience intense collaboration with faculty, and receive individualized mentorship in a collegial community focused on your success.

Stowers Institute Postdoc Program

Commitment to Equality

The Graduate School is committed to providing equal opportunities for all persons and does not discriminate or retaliate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, military status, marital status, or any other status protected by law.

Commitment to Equality Statement

Life at Stowers

Choosing a graduate school is a big decision. See what life is like at Stowers, beyond your scientific pursuits.

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Incredible facilities foster incredible discoveries

In the heart of Kansas City, you’ll find a ten-acre oasis of stately buildings and gorgeously manicured grounds — the home of our labs as well as our accredited graduate school. And while impressive from the outside, it’s what’s inside that really wows.

Our Research Campus
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Kansas City: born from a spirit of exploration and discovery

Incredible science comes from stimulated minds, and Kansas City is an ideal place to experience a wide range of culture, arts, food and more.

Discover Kansas City

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