Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) is the administrative home for all graduate groups that confer a PhD in the basic biomedical sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. General admissions information can be obtained from the BGS website.
Admission to study is offered to students having good undergraduate training in biology. Completed applications will be screened by the IGG admissions committee; important factors include research experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement, grades, and GRE General Test scores. Interviews are also required as part of the admissions process. Applicants who are invited to be interviewed will be notified between December and February, with interviews taking place in January or February. Admissions decisions will be made following the interviews, with all decisions finalized by mid-March.
All students accepted for admission into the PhD program receive tuition and health insurance coverage, plus a twelve-month stipend for living expenses. The stipend for the 2016-2017 academic year is $31,000. In addition, applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships from prestigious funding sources such as the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.