How to apply

1. Review the Application Requirements
2. Submit the Application

  • The deadline to submit applications and all supporting documentation is December 31, 2015.
  • Stipends are awarded on a competitive basis..
  • Click Here to Apply.

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 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. A letter from the candidate’s primary research mentor is required. Two additional letters of recommendation are required, which can be from professionals and/or academicians who know you well. Letters of recommendation must be signed, placed in a sealed envelope and have that person's signature across the seal of the envelope. A recommendation form is provided by the university. However, if the recommender chooses not to utilize our form, he/she must use appropriate letterhead stationery and envelope of the institution to which he/she is affiliated.

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 ( 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 (
  • 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.

Materials Submission Address:
Rosalind Franklin University
SGPS Dean's Office
3333 Green Bay Rd
North Chicago, IL 60064

Questions may be directed to:
Phone:  847-578-8493 
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