Admissions and Benefits

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Each program within Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has a separate application process, with specific application forms, requirements and timelines. And each program offers guaranteed funding to ensure each student's success.

Ph.D. Program

Applications are accepted from Sept. 1 through Dec. 1 for the following academic year. Applicants must submit a personal statement, official transcripts from each college or university attended, at least three letters of recommendation, and a GRE report.

Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences guarantees a five-year internal fellowship to all Ph.D. students. This fellowship covers full tuition, stipend and benefits, allowing students to freely select a research mentor with no requirement to serve as a teaching assistant.

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Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Applicants to the Medical Scientist Training Program must submit an online application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) by Oct. 1 for enrollment in the following academic year. Additional materials, including letters of recommendation and the Mayo M.D.-Ph.D. rating sheet, are due by Oct. 15.

Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences guarantees an internal fellowship to all M.D.-Ph.D. students for the duration of the program. The fellowship covers full tuition, stipend and benefits, allowing students to freely select a research mentor with no requirement to serve as a teaching assistant.

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Each year, approximately 120 undergraduate students from around the U.S. come to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to work beside scientists on a broad range of biomedical research questions. A limited number of fellowships also are available at Mayo Clinic campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Applicants must complete an online application by Feb. 1 for admission in this 10-week summer program.

Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences provides a $6,000 (before tax) stipend for 10 weeks. From this stipend, students are responsible for their own travel, housing and meals.

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Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences accepts applications to PREP from underrepresented students who are planning to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. in biomedical science and have attained a bachelor's degree within the past three years or are seniors about to graduate in a biomedical science discipline. The application deadline is May 1 for applicants planning to begin the following June. Applications received at other times are considered on a space-available basis.

Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences also contributes to the training of a diverse biomedical research workforce by offering research assistantships to 10 qualified PREP students each year. The assistantship provides a salary of $28,000 a year. A second year of support may be available. Students are also eligible for Mayo Clinic benefits, including low-cost, comprehensive medical insurance.

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