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Janelia Graduate Program

The Janelia Graduate Program offers an opportunity to experience the benefits of working in the world-class research environment of the Janelia Research Campus as well as at one of its top-notch partner institutions: the University of Cambridge, the University of Chicago, or The Johns Hopkins University.

Students spend the first year of the program at a partner institution doing coursework, after which they reside at Janelia, conducting their thesis research. Janelia pays all financial costs, including travel, for the student’s PhD.

The unique PhD program pairs exceptionally motivated students with mentors who encourage a certain amount of independence. Each class of PhD candidates is small, as are Janelia’s laboratories. Therefore, students quickly become fully integrated in the lab and have exceptional opportunities for day-to-day contact with their lab heads and other colleagues. Graduate students at Janelia have been co-authors on manuscripts published in leading journals.

For more information, visit the Janelia website.


Program Outcomes


Visit the Graduate program page on Janelia.org for a complete list of requirements.

Program Dates

The application is now closed. The deadline for materials was January 7, 2015, 2:00 p.m. (ET).