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Admission to the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute graduate program is processed through a common open enrollment / gateway system called the Indiana BioMedical Gateway (IBMG) Program at IU School of Medicine. The IBMG provides a shared first-year experience for all School of Medicine biomedical science pre-doctoral (PhD program) students.

Application Deadlines

Priority deadline for students interested in beginning work on the Medical Neuroscience PhD in Fall 2020 is December 1, 2019. The final application deadline is January 15, 2020.

Campus Visits

All qualified applications submitted by individuals living within the U.S. by December 1 are considered for campus visits scheduled for January 9–11, 2020, or February 13–15, 2020. Applications submitted after December 1 by individuals living within the U.S. are considered for campus visits as space permits. Once available appointments are full, selected individuals may be offered video interviews.

Applications from individuals living outside the U.S. are considered for video interviews. International students are encouraged to apply. IU School of Medicine has a robust community of students from many different countries and provides a supportive training environment with a wide array of support services.

Application Materials

  • Application Fee
    Application fee totals $60 – $65 and is non-refundable.
  • Test Scores
    Official GRE or MCAT scores must be sent to IU School of Medicine.
  • Proof of English Proficiency
    All non-native speakers of English must present evidence of English language proficiency as part of their application. Applicants can demonstrate proficiency in English in one of five ways.
  • Transcripts
    Official transcripts from all universities attended must be submitted from the educational institute. Official copies from the registrar may be accepted for the review process; however matriculates must have an official transcript on file.
  • Personal Statement
    Applicants must provide a written statement.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    Three letters of recommendation must be submitted with an application for this graduate program.
  • Additional Information
    Applicants must answer supplemental department questions as part of the official application.
  • Recruitment Program Participation
    Applicants must provide proof of participation in a recruitment programs. If applicable, this would be a letter from the Director of the programs such as McNair, LSAMP, Herbert Fellows, Bridges to the Doctorate, AmeriCorps, etc.
  • Immigration Documentation
    If applicable, applicants must provide immigration documentation.

Admissions Committee

The Indiana Biomedical Gateway Program (IBMG) Admissions Committee, together with the Medical Neuroscience Graduate Program team at IU School of Medicine, evaluates applications as they are complete, including scores and letters of recommendation. Strong applicants are invited to visit Indianapolis for an interview where all travel costs and expenses are covered by IU School of Medicine.

Apply for PhD Training

PhD Admissions for an IU School of Medicine program are processed through the IBMG Program. The application deadline for the Medical Neuroscience PhD is January 15.

PhD Admissions