Applying to Study Neurobiology
at the University of Chicago

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Admission to the Graduate Program

Applicants to the Committee on Neurobiology are admitted based on their academic record and research experience. All applications are accepted online, through the Biological Sciences Division. If applying for individual fellowships that require the subject test, use subject code 0299. Initial fellowship support which includes tuition, fees, and a stipend ($29,500 during 20014-2015) is provided by means of federal training grants and a limited amount of university funds; highly qualified students are encouraged to apply for individual funding through outside agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Advanced students are supported by laboratory funds when the dissertation research closely matches the specific aims of the lab advisor’s research grants.

The University of Chicago welcomes applications from minority students who are members of groups underrepresented in science. For information on the BSD efforts to recruit and retain minority students, please see our statement on Opportunities for Minority Graduate Students in the Biological Sciences.

 

Application Procedure & Requirements

Admission to Neurobiology is coordinated through the Neuroscience program within the Division of Biological Sciences. An application form can be obtained and completed online. Students preparing an application must submit transcripts of their undergraduate or prior graduate work, recent test scores from the general Graduate Record Exam (institution code: 1832; subject code: 0299), and three letters of recommendation. Foreign applicants from non-English speaking nations must also submit TOEFL scores with their application materials. The neurobiology program does not require a subject test. Applications are due by December 1 for students beginning their studies in the following autumn quarter.

If you have any questions regarding admissions to this program, please email neurograd@uchicago.edu.

Submit by December 1st:

  1. Transcripts of undergraduate or prior graduate work
  2. GRE scores
  3. 3 letters of recommendation
  4. TOEFL scores for foreign applicants from non-English speaking countries

 

Application Procedure

All applications to the graduate programs in neuroscience are accepted online.

  1. Create an account at the University of Chicago application site.
  2. Select Division of the Biological Sciences
  3. Specify that your application is directed to Integrative Neuroscience OR Neurobiology OR Computational Neuroscience. The neuroscience admissions committee reviews the applications labeled with these three designations.
  4. Admissions FAQs can be found on the BSD graduate programs page. Answers to questions most commonly addressed to the neuroscience programs:
    • Consider the Biological Sciences Division application deadline, December 1, as firm. Supplemental materials sent under separate cover will be reconciled with your application.
    • Your application status will be updated as your application is reconciled and you can review your status within your application account.
    • GRE code: 1832; the program subcode is not necessary.
    • The computational neuroscience program does not require a GRE Subject test.

 

Financial Aid

Initial fellowship support which includes tuition, fees, and a stipend ($29,500 during 20014-2015) is provided by means of federal training grants and a limited amount of university funds; highly qualified students are encouraged to apply for individual funding through outside agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Advanced students are supported by laboratory funds when the dissertation research closely matches the specific aims of the lab advisor’s research grants.