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The predoctoral research program of The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research stresses critical thinking and the rapid development of experimental prowess.

Admission Criteria:

  • Previous research experience: We seek out applicants with strong records of research as undergraduates and postgraduates, as demonstrated through the summary of research submitted with the application, mentors’ recommendation letters, and any publications.
  • Strong scientific background: The majority of entering predoctoral researchers will have a solid background in modern molecular biology and biochemistry. We also encourage applications from candidates who want to enter the biological sciences and have majored in mathematics, physics, chemistry, or computer science.
  • Education requirement: All applicants are required to have obtained a bachelor's degree (B.S. or B.A.) or equivalent as a prerequisite for admission.

The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research recruits both U.S. and international predoctoral researchers.
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How do I apply?

The online application opens on September 12, 2022

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Applications information:

  • A completed online application form:
    • Biographical information and demographic information
    • Educational background
    • Detailed summary of one to two undergraduate or post-bachelor's degree research project(s)
    • List of publication(s) on which the applicant is an author (if any) with a description of their contribution to the paper
    • Description of a current scientific problem relevant to the research of a Stowers Institute principal investigator that is of significant interest to the applicant. This research can be found at
    • Candidate statement about themselves
    • Description of any additional relevant research experience
    • Three recommendation letters
    • Transcript(s) from all post-high school institutions
  • We DO NOT require additional test scores (GRE, TOEFL, etc.). If you have them, you may enter test scores in the “Standardized Tests” section or mark “I am not adding any standardized tests.” The admissions committee does not consider these scores when making admissions decisions.
  • We do not require you to calculate your Grade point average (GPA). 
  • There is NO application fee.

    Frequently Asked Questions are answered in the Admissions FAQ section. After reviewing this section, if further information is needed, contact us at

After further review by the Admissions Committee and a possible virtual interview, the applicants under consideration are invited to visit the Stowers Institute for Medical Research to participate in a thorough interview process in February. Each interview consists of the applicant making a brief scientific presentation to faculty members, meeting individually with faculty members, touring the Stowers Institute, and meeting with predoctoral researchers. Travel and accommodations for all interviewees is arranged and paid for by The Graduate School.

Following the interviews, the Admissions Committee chooses the selected candidates. All decisions will be announced by April 22.

The School welcomes persons from all backgrounds and beliefs to join our community. We seek to create and foster a sense of community that facilitates the development, both personal and professional, of all our members, including predoctoral researchers, summer scholars, applicants, faculty, and staff.

The 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 (“protected status”). This Policy extends to admissions, employment (as set forth in the Equal Employment Policy), housing, services, and in the other educational programs and activities that the School operates (collectively “programs and activities”). Harassment, whether verbal, non‑verbal, or physical, that is based on any protected status constitutes a form of discrimination if it denies or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the School’s programs and activities. This Policy covers employees, predoctoral researchers, summer scholars, applicants for employment or admission, contractors, vendors, visitors, guests, and participants in School sponsored programs and activities (collectively, the “School Community”). (GSSIMR Nondiscrimination Policy 943, 2020)