Established:  1985

PhD Students Enrolled:  967 (including 163 MD/PhD and VMD/PhD):

  • 25% underrepresented minorities
  • 10% non-US citizens
  • 58% female

PhD Alumni:  3000+

Participating Graduate GroupsBiochemistry & Molecular BiophysicsCell and Molecular BiologyEpidemiology and BiostatisticsGenomics and Computational BiologyImmunology, NeurosciencePharmacology

Participating Faculty Members:  775 across the 7 schools

Participating Penn SchoolsPerelman School of Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Dental Medicine, Wharton School of Business, School of Nursing

Associated Campus EntitiesChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Wistar Institute

National Rank in NIH Training Grant Funding (Perelman School of Medicine):  1

Stipend:  $40,000 plus $2000 relocation award for incoming students (2023-2024)

PhD Completion Rate:  86%

Mean Time to Degree:  5.83 Years

Alumni Outcomes*: 

  • 37% Research in Academia
  • 37% Research in Industry
  • 6% Communication
  • 18% Other Science-Related Positions (including Consulting, Government Research, Policy, Commercialization, Regulatory Affairs, Grants Management, Patent Law, and Health Care)
  • <2% Not Science-Related

* based on primary activities of alumni who graduated in the years 2007-2016, tracked in 2022 (6+ years after completing the PhD and beyond the typical postdoctoral training stage)


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