Who should apply?
We encourage applications from students with a strong undergraduate background in biology, psychology or the physical sciences. We look for students who have achieved in science course work as undergraduates and/or who have performed at a high level in independent study, research or work. We admit young scientists of great promise and teach them to be excellent scientists and life-long learners. We receive over 175 applicants each year and offer admission to 15-20 applicants.
What undergraduate programs do Duke Neurobiology students come from?
Neurobiology is a diverse field poised at the intersection of Biology, Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science. As such, Duke Neurobiology actively recruits outstanding students with expertise in any and all of these disciplines. By cultivating a student body that bridges these STEM fields, Duke has established a training program that is ideally suited to prepare students for a career at the forefront of modern brain science.
What are typical requirements for applicants?
Duke Neurobiology admits students with a demonstrated track record of excellence. Successful applicants have typically performed at a high level across multiple areas, including exceptional undergraduate academic performance, top GRE scores, and significant research experience. Duke welcomes both domestic and international applicants, and international students should demonstrate a high proficiency on the TOEFL exam in addition to the above criteria.
How does Duke Neurobiology evaluate prospective students?
Admission to Duke Neurobiology is not contingent on specific metrics, and we employ a holistic approach to reviewing applications that accounts for all possible strengths in our prospective students. As such, we evaluate personal statements, research goals, reference letters, and overall CV in equal regard with standard metrics such as GPA and GRE scores. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide a compelling statement that articulates how Duke Neurobiology fits their specific training goals as part of their personal essay. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles at Duke, and Duke Neurobiology is committed to recruiting a student body that reflects these principles.
How to Apply?
Applicants should submit an electronic application through the Graduate School. Indicate on the application that you are applying to “The Graduate Program in Neurobiology.”
Greg D. Field, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
Duke students who are currently enrolled in related admitting-only graduate programs may affiliate with Duke Neurobiology, in order to take the Neurobiology courses and work with Neurobiology training faculty. The most common programs are Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB), Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program (CNAP), and Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).
Students who are undecided about affiliating with Neurobiology may contact Jörg Grandl (DGS) to discuss the process.