Admissions

The University of Pennsylvania is proud to offer one of the top PhD programs in Immunology in the United States. The program provides students with the opportunity to work with outstanding faculty in both Philadelphia and at the NIH through the NIH-Penn Immunology Graduate Partnership Program.

Prospective students can learn more about the admissions process and requirements through the Penn Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS) website

Admission is offered to students undergraduate training in biology and strong research experience. Completed applications are screened by the IGG admissions committee; important factors include research experience, letters of recommendation, research and personal statements, as well as records of academic success. Applicants who are invited to be interviewed will be notified between December and February, with interviews taking place in January or February. Admissions decisions are typically finalized by mid-March. 

Please note: as of July 2018, GRE scores are not required for application to our program. We will not accept General or Subject GRE scores as part of the application process.

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 2020-2021 academic year is $34,000. 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. More information about funding is available here.

See the Admissions FAQ for more information. Contact the IGG coordinator with any questions.