Frequently Asked Questions

Deadline for receipt of applications is December 1, 2022

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, describing in no more than two single-spaced pages, 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 the TPCB 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 scores.* TPCB recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a variety of challenges for students to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) this year. As a result, submission of GRE General Test scores is OPTIONAL for all applicants in 2022-22. Submission of GRE Subject Test scores remains optional as usual.

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores.* Applicants from non-English speaking countries should supply evidence of their proficiency in written and oral communication in the English language. Applicants who are completing/have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution in an English speaking country are exempt. The English proficiency requirement can be fulfilled through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A TOEFL score of at least 100 (iBT) or an IELTS score of at least 7.0 is requlred.

  • The Application Fee of $80, payable by check or credit card. Fee waivers are available to qualified applicants with a financial hardship, alumni of pipeline programs, and to those applying to other graduate programs in our participating institutions.

* Official transcripts, GRE and TOEFL 'Test Taker Score Reports', and IELTS score reports must be uploaded with the application. Subsequently, students who are admitted to and enroll in TPCB must have final transcripts and official GRE and TOEFL 'Additional Score Reports' or IELTS Score Reports transmitted directly to TPCB by the responsible institutions no later than June 20; fees associated with those official reports are eligible for reimbursement from the student's first-year Research Allowance after matriculation. Our 'Institution Code', for the Educational Testing Service (GRE and TOEFL score reports) 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, 2022.

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