CMB Admissions

The application deadline for Fall 2024 admission to the CMB Program is November 30, 2023.

Thank you for your interest in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program at Duke University! We seek to train the next generation of leading scientists who bring with them a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. To this end, we employ a holistic application review process that considers research, scholarly, creative, or applied experiences; writing and communication skills; evidence of persistence and motivation; prior coursework and GPA; and evidence of creativity or unique life experiences.  Our review process is in accordance with Duke University’s strategic plan (5/2017) to “grow, connect, and empower diverse and inclusive communities of excellence to enhance the creation, delivery, and translation of knowledge for a rapidly changing world.”

Financial Support

In their first two years students are supported through a combination of the Program’s NIH training grant and Graduate School fellowships. CMB matriculants may also receive university distinguished awards including the James B. Duke, Dean's Graduate, the University Scholars and the Chancellor's Fellowships. Beyond their second year student funds are provided by their mentor’s research grant, teaching assistantships, or external funds. Program students have successfully competed for external fellowships including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy and Department of Defense.  Financial Support Information.

International Applicants

Duke Visa Services Office assists students and potential students with immigration and related issues.

Duke International Student Center (formerly Duke IHouse) provides resources, advising and support, training, and more to international students and scholars.

International fee waivers:

Application Fee Waivers

Domestic applicants should continue to use The Graduate School policy for fee waivers.

International applicants may be eligible for an application fee waiver. These waivers are limited, and requests will be considered from August 31st, 2023 to October 25th, 2023. Those granted waivers will be informed by Nov 1st, 2023. If you are granted a departmental fee waiver, you will enter that single-use code on the “Fee Waiver” page of the application.

International applicants requesting a fee waiver should include the following information:

1. A clear statement of need (socioeconomic, living in zone of violent conflict, or explicit personal hardship). Widespread socioeconomic need is indicated in countries with an IHDI value of less than 0.5 on the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index

2. A current CV. 

Please note that all submitted materials for admissions purposes are subject to verification.

Requests should be sent to:

Recruiting Weekends

Prospective students are selected by the program Admissions Committee and will receive an invite to interview with faculty and current students utilizing a virtual online process.

For planning purposes recruitment dates are by invite only and will be held in January and February 2023, specific dates and times to be announced.