How to apply

1. Review the Application Requirements
2. Submit the Application

Early application is strongly encouraged.

  • Stipends are awarded on a competitive basis and recipients are anticipated to be selected by April 15.
  • Applications must be received no later than January 31.

3. Official Transcripts

  • Must be submitted from each college and university you have attended.
  • The University reserves the right to initiate an international transcript evaluation by an approved US evaluation agency such as World Education Services www.wes.org. By submitting this application for admission, an individual grants permission to the University to do so.

4. Letters of Recommendation

  • Three letters must be submitted in support of an application. These letters must be written by professionals who are qualified to comment on your potential for graduate study and research.
  • Recommenders must use appropriate letterhead stationery and envelope.
  • If you choose, you may provide your recommenders with a copy of our standard recommendation form.
  • Please be sure to print your name on the form and sign the waiver of access at the top.
  • All recommendation envelopes must be received with the seals unbroken and the recommender’s signature intact across the envelope flap.

5. Standardized Test Scores

  • GRE - All applicants, including foreign medical graduates, are required to supply official GRE scores.
  • Verbal, quantitative and analytical portions of the GRE are essential; advanced test scores in the appropriate academic field are recommended.
  • All test scores must be from examinations taken within the past five (5) years.
  • Scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (www.ets.org). Use Institution Code 1117 and a department code indicating your preferred area of research.
    • Biochemistry - 0202
    • Neuroscience - 0213
    • Cell Biology & Anatomy - 0201
    • Microbiology & Immunology - 0212
    • Pharmacology - 0216
    • Physiology & Biophysics - 0217
    • Interdisciplinary Programs - 5101 (undecided) 

International Applicants

TOEFL - If you are an international applicant who is from a country where English is not the primary language and have not attended a university or college in the US, full-time, for at least two consecutive years, it is your responsibility to provide an official report of TOEFL scores. This test must have been taken within the last two years.

  • Scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services (www.ets.org).
  • Please use Institution code 1117 and Department code 30 for "Other Biological Sciences" when requesting scores.

Please refer to our International Applicants page for more information.


Please submit application and supporting materials to:

Rosalind Franklin University
IGPBS Admissions
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064 USA

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