The application deadline for Fall 2020 admission to the CMB Program is December 1, 2019.

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 use a holistic application review process that de-emphasizes standardized test scores.  Candidate qualities considered include research, scholarly, creative, or applied experiences; writing/communication skills; evidence of persistence and motivation; evidence of creativity, unique life experiences; and prior coursework and GPA.  Our holistic 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 fellowships including the James B Duke, Dean's Graduate, the University Scholars and the Chancellor's. 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 recruiting weekends are by invite only to either February 6-8 or February 20-22.

Typical recruiting weekend itinerary:

  • Thursday evening: Applicants arrive
  • Friday morning: Orientation and Q&A
  • Friday morning and afternoon: One-on-one meetings 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 at a faculty home, 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