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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

All applicants are encouraged to complete an online application. If necessary, requests for a paper application sent through email or by regular mail can be made by contacting

What are common mistakes that applicants make?

  1. Not reading and following all the instructions carefully. Applicants must answer all the required questions in the manner that is detailed in the application. Failure to do so will diminish prospects for acceptance.
  2. Not allowing for enough time to complete the application before the deadline. We recommend that applicants submit their applications with enough time to deal with any technical difficulties that may arise.
  3. Submitting an application without proofreading. Make sure that you read over your answers and information prior to submission.

Where can I get technical help with my application?

BioMedCAS (the application system) offers technical support. They have a Help Center and Contact Us. If any issue arises that is not resolved, please contact GSSIMR at

Do I need to have published papers to apply​​​​​​​​​​​​​​?

No. Most of our applicants have not published their work in peer-reviewed journals. 

Who should write my recommendation letters​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​?

At least one recommendation letter should be written by a scientist who supervised your research. 

Can I submit my application prior to the submisson of all my references?

Yes. You can submit your application without having received all the reference letters. You can log onto the site to check the status of your reference letters.

What is the deadline for submission of recommendation letters?

The deadline for submissions of recommendation letters is the same as the application deadline. 

Do you require GRE or TOEFL scores​​​​​​​?

No. We don’t require scores from either test or any standardized test.

What if I have missed the application deadline?

We advise applicants to submit their applications early. We do not accept late applications even if there are last minute techinical difficulties. The dealine is at 10:59PM (Central time) on the deadline date. 

Is there an application process for predoctoral researchers wishing to start during the winter?

No. Our program requires all predoctoral researchers to start on the second week of August.

If I don’t have a visa, should I apply for one?

No. Accepted applicants who decide to join our program will be sponsored by the Stowers Institute and instructed about the visa application process at the appropriate time.

When will I know if I am accepted?

Applicants will be informed of their acceptance status by the end of February. Wait-listed applicants will be told of their final status by April 15.

Will you retain a wait-list?

If we will retain a wait-list, we will inform all applicants on that list and provide the timeframe for the final acceptance decisions.

How do I prepare for a virtual interview?

Members of the Admissions Committee may pre-interview some of our finalists via video conferencing. They will ask questions about your research. We request that all interviews be done with audio and visual, not just audio.