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Thank you for your interest in the University of Pennsylvania's Immunology PhD program. 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. Since the Fall 2005 admissions season, we will only accept electronic applications.

Admission to study is offered to students having good undergraduate training in biology. Completed applications will be screened by the IGG admissions committee based on 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 and February. Admissions decisions will be made following the interviews, with all decisions finalized by April 15.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL. Scores are valid for two years from the test date. Applicants who have satisfactorily completed at least two years of study in an English-speaking university do not need to submit scores. It is important for non-US citizens and students applying from outside the United States to realize that positions for overseas students are very limited and extremely competitive. We are often unable to accept any students from outside the US.

All students accepted for admission into the PhD program receive tuition and health insurance reimbursement, plus a twelve-month stipend for living expenses. The stipend for the 2012-2013 academic year was $30,500. In addition, applicants are urged to apply for scholarships from prestigious funding programs such as the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Igor Brodsky, PhD
Chair of Admissions

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