Application




Frequently Asked Questions

Registration for applications will begin on September 1, 2016.


Welcome to the Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Chemical Biology (TPCB) Online Application System.

TPCB students are a diverse and highly motivated group of young scientists from a wide range of backgrounds. Because of the increasing diversity of the United States population, there is a national need for scientists who are members of underrepresented and other disadvantaged groups. TPCB therefore encourages applications from students who are members of underrepresented minority groups, have disabilities, or are from disadvantaged backgrounds. We recognize that some applicants may belong to more than one of these categories.

Applicants who are currently technicians or paid research assistants in TPCB labs are welcome to apply to the program. However, please note that, to promote diverse training experiences, TPCB policy dictates that such students may not rotate in or join the same lab for their thesis research.

To begin the application process you must first register for an account.

Once you have completed your registration, you will receive e-mail notification that your registration has been accepted. This e-mail message will contain a link to validate your registration and allow you to continue with your application submission.

Prior to starting the application process, please read the FAQ page to assist you with using the Online Application System. The next step is to complete all of the required fields for each section of the application form.

In addition to the online application form, all documents listed below must be submitted in order to complete your application

  • A Personal Statement, in no more than two single-spaced pages, describing your academic background, research experience and career goals. This is a very important part of your application. Please take the time to communicate to the Admissions Committee what your interests are and how they would fit into our program.

    Personal statements must be submitted in PDF format: If you do not have the tools needed to create PDF files, you may use the Word to PDF converter we have provided on the Upload Documents page of the application form.


  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies.


  • Recommendations from three or four sponsors who can assess your potential for research. Students who are providing a recommendation from a current TPCB faculty member are strongly encouraged to solicit an additional external letter to allow full consideration of their application. Please note that we will contact the recommenders you list for letters of recommendation as soon as they have been specified (i.e., before your application is submitted).


  • GRE and TOEFL scores. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. The GRE Subject Tests in Chemistry and/or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology are strongly recommended for admission. Applicants from non-English speaking countries should supply evidence of their proficiency in written and oral communication in the English language. A TOEFL score of at least 600 (CBT 250 or IBT 100) is required.


  • The Application Fee of $80, payable by check or credit card.

* Official transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores must be submitted separately by the responsible agencies, but no later than the application deadline. Our 'Institution Code', for the Educational Testing Service (GRE results) is R 2119. Note that TPCB uses the same code as the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Your application is considered complete once we have received the completed application form and the required documents listed above. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please note that the deadline for receipt of application materials is December 1, 2016.

If you have questions regarding your application or require assistance with the online application system, please contact TPCB at .