Applications for Fall 2020 Admission are now closed. 

The Neuroscience Graduate Group (NGG) is the University of Pennsylvania’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in neuroscience. The NGG is part of Biomedical Graduate Studies (BGS), an umbrella organization administered through the Perelman School of Medicine that includes the NGG and other biomedical-related graduate groups. All NGG students receive fellowships that cover tuition and fees, as well as a stipend of $34,000 per year as of Fall, 2019.

The NGG is committed to its mission of selecting and training top students from a diversity of educational and personal backgrounds. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of neuroscience, our admissions committee is not looking for a particular set of skills or educational path. Instead, we value highly motivated and talented students who have demonstrated an ability to thrive in a cutting-edge, research- oriented field. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals, particularly from members of ethnic, cultural, educational, and socioeconomic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in neuroscience.

Application requirements

To apply to the NGG, you must use the BGS online application located at See the BGS application FAQ for more details. We require:

  • TOEFL or IELTS for applicants whose first language is not English
  • GPA (average for past 3 years is 3.71)
  •  CV
  • A statement of purpose (personal statement) used to discuss your academic and career objectives.
  • A research statement used to provide a description of your research experience.
  • BGS does not require or accept GRE scores.


  • International and domestic applications are due December 1, 2019.
  • Applicants residing in the United States who are selected for interviews will be invited to attend one of two interview sessions to be held in January and February. We will arrange and cover the cost of travel, hotel, and meals during your stay. International applicants who are selected for an interview but who are not currently residing in the United States will be interviewed by Skype around the same time.
  • Students who are invited for an interview will be notified of an Admissions decision generally within 2 weeks of the interview date

For additional information or questions about the application process, please contact the NGG Coordinator, Christine Clay (215-898-8048).