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Criteria and Application Requirements


The Stanford Summer Research Program is an umbrella program that hosts visiting undergraduate students who are funded through various sources, including the Amgen Scholars Program, the Stanford Genetics Department, and the Stanford Medicine Dean’s Office. All applicants apply via the same online application. Admitted applicants are notified of their funding source in the admission letter they receive. Eligibility requirements for each funding source is listed below.

All admitted scholars fully participate in the Stanford Summer Research Program, and are expected to meet all program requirements, regardless of their funding source.

SSRP-Amgen Scholars Program Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories; and
  • Sophomores, juniors, or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall after SSRP to continue undergraduate studies).
  • Students who, by reason of their culture, class, race, ethnicity, disability, background, work and life experiences, and/or skills and interests would bring diversity (broadly defined) to graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above; and
  • An interest in pursuing a PhD (or, in exceptional cases, those interested in the MD/PhD will also be considered)

The Stanford Summer Research Program especially encourages applications from African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, students who come from low income families, those who are first generation college students, and others whose backgrounds and experiences would bring diversity to the field.

Students who have already completed their undergraduate work are ineligible for the SSRP. To obtain a summer internship at Stanford, we advise you to contact faculty with whom you may be interested in working. Many faculty hire students to help in their laboratories over the summer. You are welcome to explore our faculty research directory and our Biosciences Home Programs.

Please also visit our FAQ section for additional information regarding eligibility.

Application Requirements and Placement

Online applications to the Stanford Summer Research Program will be accepted until the February 1st application deadline.

A completed online application includes the following documents that you will upload to the application:

  • Essay Responses
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial College Transcripts
  • A Resume/CV

All documents must be included in the online application and submitted for an application to be considered complete. Students will be notified about the status of their applications in March.

With over two hundred faculty in the basic sciences, Stanford offers a wide range of research opportunities. To help place students in labs that best match their interest, students are asked to list their top research area interests in the online application.