How to Apply

In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate and professional programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review. Importantly, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/No Credit and other grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students. Our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are excellent and encompass a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences that enrich the graduate educational experience.

Applying and Deadline

Thank you for your interest in the Biosciences PhD Programs at Stanford University! The application for the Autumn 2021-22 will open in September 2020.

The Stanford Biosciences PhD Programs only accepts applications to their programs once per year for Autumn quarter entry only. The application deadline for the Autumn 2021-22 is Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 11:59:59 pm (PST).  All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

In addition to the information below, please review the Graduate Admissions website prior to starting your application. When you are ready to apply, please click here to start your online application.















Biosciences Admissions Office will be closed on Thursday, November 26 through Friday, November 27, 2020 and Monday, December 21, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021.