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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the 14 Biosciences PhD Programs at Stanford University!   The online application for Autumn 2024-25 is now open.

The Stanford Biosciences Programs recognizes that the Supreme Court issued a ruling in June 2023 about the consideration of certain types of demographic information as part of an admission review. All applications submitted during upcoming application cycles will be reviewed in conformance with that decision.

The Biosciences welcomes graduate applications from individuals with a broad range of life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds who would contribute to our community of scholars. The review process is holistic and individualized, considering each applicant’s academic record and accomplishments, letters of recommendation, prior research experience, and admissions essays to understand how an applicant’s life experiences have shaped their past and potential contributions to their field and how they might enrich the learning community at Stanford.

Applying and Deadline

In addition to the information below and our FAQ page, please review the Graduate Admissions website and their FAQ page prior to starting your application. When you are ready to start your application, click here to Apply Now.

The 14 Stanford Biosciences PhD programs only accept applications once per year for the Autumn quarter entry only. The application deadline for Autumn 2024-25 is Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at 11:59:59 pm (PST). Late applications will not be accepted.  Note: Knight-Hennessy Scholars applicants are required to submit their Stanford Biosciences PhD application by Friday, December 1, 2023, at 11:59:59 pm (PST).

The admissions committees of the 14 PhD programs will promptly begin to review applicant files the day following the application deadline.  It is important that all of your application materials, including letters of recommendation, are submitted by the deadline. We cannot guarantee the review of any materials received after the deadline.

To check your application status, click here to Visit Your Status Page. There you will find the most current status of your application materials.


The Biosciences Admissions Office will be closed on Thursday, November 23 through Friday, November 24, 2023, and Thursday, December 21, 2023, through Wednesday, January 3, 2024.