Prospective Students

The Duke University Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program is a certificate program that contributes to seven different PhD-granting Biomedical Sciences departments throughout Duke University and the Duke University School of Medicine. Although prospective students apply to and are admitted directly through the DSCB Program, students will affiliate with one of the seven participating departments by the end of their first year of graduate study. DSCB students will eventually earn their Ph.D. through their affiliated department. If a student wishes to apply to DSCB and has a special interest in a participating department, the department name may be noted on the application.

Review process

We take a holistic approach when reviewing applicants, including attention to evidence of curiosity, creativity, persistence, motivation, resilience, and problem-solving abilities. When reviewing applicants, we consider previous research experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and academic performance. GRE scores are not required, but candidates have the option to submit GRE scores if they feel this will improve their candidacy. Top candidates are invited to interview in February and are encouraged to take advantage of the visit to meet student members of the Program and faculty. Following the interview, the Committee makes recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School. Minority students are strongly encouraged to apply:  DSCB is committed to increasing the participation of diverse students in scientific research. 

Financial Support

The DSCB is funded primarily by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and provides financial support for a student's first two years of study. Beginning in the third year, students are supported by other types of financial aid such as University fellowships, teaching or research assistantships, or outside fellowships or grants. Please note that because our funding is primarily NIH-based there are a limited number of positions for applicants who are not currently U.S. citizens or permanent residents. However, regardless of citizenship all students admitted to the program are offered a financial aid package that includes full payment of tuition, fees, health insurance, and a monthly stipend for 5-6 years of graduate training.

How to apply

Prospective students are encouraged to apply online. The deadline for submission is December 1.

Further information may be obtained from:

Office of Admissions
The Graduate School
Duke University
2127 Campus Drive Box 90065
Durham, NC 27708-0065

The Duke BioCoRE Scholars Program provides enhanced opportunities that complement the bioscience undergraduate and graduate programs. The goals of BioCoRE are to increase the diversity of scientists in the biosciences, and to promote student development with research experiences, engagement with faculty, and career development activities. All incoming graduate students are invited to apply, and incoming scholars are eligible for an early-start summer program as well as other community-building activities throughout the academic year.

Life in Durham

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina, one of three cities — Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh — that form North Carolina’s famed Triangle Region. Each of the cities is home to a major research university. Learn more about Life in Durham here.