VISP PhD Studies


Thank you for the interest in the Vanderbilt International Scholar Program and Vanderbilt University's Biomedical PhD programs!  

Each year, VISP scholars will be selected from non-U.S. citizen applicants to one of five biomedical Ph.D. graduate programs: the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP)Quantitative and Chemical Biology (QCB)EpidemiologyHearing and Speech Sciences and Biomedical Informatics.  There is no separate application for international applicants to be considered for VISP.  Applicants should apply directly to the program that they would like to be admitted to.  All applicants who indicate on their application that they are not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident will be considered by VISP.  

VISP scholars will receive full tuition and stipend support for their Ph.D. training in their chosen discipline, dependent on maintaining good academic standing.  Scholars will have special opportunities to obtain additional training in communications, to participate in programs especially designed for the needs of international students, and to serve as a mentor for new international students and summer research interns.


Meet our VISP Students!

To learn more about currently supported VISP students, please read our student profiles and their perspective of our program.


VISP Funding

Vanderbilt’s Biomedical research programs are committed to supporting graduate student training.  One way that this is done is through tuition and stipend support.  Each VISP scholar will receive full tuition and stipend support from VISP for at least the first year of the graduate training, as long as they maintain good academic standing.  After the first year, students will receive funding from their mentor, academic department, VISP or a combination of sources.  VISP scholars will follow the curriculum of the program that they are admitted to, but, as a condition of the VISP scholarship, they may be expected to participate in programs that are specifically designed for VISP scholars.   

Financial support includes full tuition, a stipend (currently set at $28,500/year for 2015-16), student fees and health insurance.  VISP scholars will also receive an additional $2000 at the beginning of their first year to assist with the cost of relocation to Nashville. 


How to apply

You should apply for admission to the program that you would like to be admitted to.  International applicants to the five programs listed below are considered for support by VISP.  There is no fee to apply.

Applications for Fall 2016 admission are now CLOSED.

The priority deadline for applications for Fall 2016 will be December 1, 2015. The final deadline is January 15, 2016. All supporting documents for your application can be uploaded electronically to the application system.

Click here to apply to one of the five programs listed below which fall under the VISP umbrella:

  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in the Biomedical & Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Quantitative and Chemical Biology Program
  • Doctoral Program in Epidemiology
  • Hearing and Speech Sciences