The application deadline for Fall 2021 admission to the CMB Program is December 1, 2020.

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 other issues of interest.

Duke International House assists students and their families with orientation and acclimation, enhances cross-cultural interaction through programming and community outreach, and provides advocacy and support for the Duke International Community.

Recruiting Weekends

Prospective students are selected by the Admissions Committee to visit the Duke campus and meet with faculty and current students.

For planning purposes recruitment weekends are by invite only and will be held TBA.

Typical recruiting weekend itinerary:

  • Thursday evening: Applicants arrive and dinner with current CMB students
  • Friday morning: Orientation and Q&A
  • Friday morning and afternoon: Interviews with CMB faculty
  • Friday throughout the day and lunch: Ample opportunities to meet with current CMB students
  • Friday late afternoon: Research talks and refreshments with CMB faculty and students
  • Friday evening: Dinner with current CMB students and faculty, followed by social time with current students
  • Saturday Afternoon: Brunch followed by a choice of several activities including an apartment/home tour, campus tour, Durham tour, and activities
  • Visitors depart Saturday late afternoon