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Admission Procedure

Our online application for the 2023 season is now open!

The QCB faculty admissions committee reviews applications for fall admission only. QCB Admissions Timeline

August 1 Online application available online for the following fall semester
December 1 Deadline for applications. Be sure the application is complete, and click Submit!
January-March 15 On-campus interviews conducted for selected candidates
April 15 Deadline for candidates to accept offers

To apply to the program, please use the online application. Please note that applications will be reviewed by the QCB admissions committee only after they are officially submitted. There will be no application fee for anyone who has performed research funded by a US entity. Please read about our robust application fee waiver policy.

About application requirements, procedures and deadlines


The above link takes you to the Vanderbilt Graduate School application and you have to specify which program within the Graduate School you are applying.

  • Under Area of Study, select “Biomedical and Biological Sciences” or “Interdisciplinary Programs”.
  • From the Program Selection menu, select the “Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program”.

In the application, you will be asked to submit transcripts, TOEFL scores (international applicants only), and three letters of recommendation (GRE scores are optional).

  • Please feel free to upload your unofficial transcripts into the application; you will not need to send in your official transcripts until requested by the program.
  • If you are submitting GRE scores and would like to report your official scores, the GRE institution code for Vanderbilt is 1871. GRE scores older than five-years old will not be accepted, however, we are happy to accept unofficial, self-reported scores.
  • A CV or resume is not required for the application. However, if you would like to upload one, you will see a place to upload it under “Experiences”. We would be happy to review this with your application, but it is not required or expected. Please still complete the “Experiences” tab of the application, even if you upload a CV or resume.
  • You will be asked to provide the e-mail addresses of three recommenders. Vanderbilt will contact your recommenders by e-mail and provide them with instructions on how to submit their recommendations online.

The admission deadline is December 1. You may apply for the program and find more information about the admission timeline by clicking here.  Applications will begin to be reviewed on December 1.


No. The QCB only accepts students for Fall Admission.


Starting with Fall 2018 applications, our application fee will be $95. We have a robust waiver process as a part of this in order to ensure that we continue to recruit those students coming from groups that could be disadvantaged by the fee.

In accordance with the interests of the US congress and its commitment to training well qualified and highly diverse students for careers in the biomedical sciences, fee waivers can be obtained for any student who has performed biological or biomedically-oriented research which has been supported by the NIH, the NSF, or any other agency or private foundation within the US.
Please see our application page for more information on fee waivers.


Your application status will not change online. You will be notified if you have been invited to interview for our program. Otherwise, we will contact you when all interview invitations have been extended regarding your application status


Please see this page for more information.

About interviews and admissions offers


Interview offers are sent on a rolling basis. If an applicant has not received an invitation by March 15th, he or she is not being considered for an interview with the QCB program.


Typically we will send an email and ask for you to call us back at your convenience. However, if you do not quickly respond to this email, we will send a follow up message or call to discuss times for the visit.


You have until April 15th to make a final decision. However, once you have made a final decision (either way) we would be grateful if you share those plans with us. It helps us as we consider other candidates in our rolling admissions process. If you have anything else you would like to know during your decision making process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

About the program and degree


No, the QCB is a Ph.D.-track program that feeds into the fourteen basic science departments and programs in the School of Medicine as well as the Dept of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts & Science.


Yes! We prepare students for any career trajectory they are interested in. Please check out the website of our Office of Career Development

About the numbers


We always shoot for a range, this year the range is 70-75 for both the combined IGP and QCB programs


The number has been increasing for some time, but currently we have over 1,000 submitted applications between the IGP and QCB programs

About funding


Yes, the QCB program offers full financial support and covers all tuition, fees, and student health insurance. In addition, students receive a stipend. First year compensation for 2022 will be $34,000 plus a first-day bonus of $2,000 to be used for upfront costs associated with relocating to Nashville. University Tuition Scholarships are service-free awards that pay all or part of tuition costs. The following graduate awards are normally supplemented by a full University Tuition Scholarship, which usually includes student health insurance coverage: University Fellowships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, Traineeships, and Teacher Training Awards.