Admissions / Application
Applicants to the Brown-NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) are expected to have an undergraduate degree in a component discipline of neuroscience such as biology, psychology, neurobiology, chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, engineering, or computer science. However, there are no specific course requirements for successful admission. Students who are admitted without sufficient background in certain topics will be encouraged to take the appropriate introductory level courses at Brown and fill the gap in their scientific knowledge before enrolling in more advanced courses in that subject area. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented minority groups and those with disabilities. All students are fully supported during their time in graduate school. No forms requesting financial support need to be submitted.
Only US citizens and individuals with US permanent resident status are eligible to apply for the NIH-GPP program at this time.
Checklist of MaterialsProspective students submit applications through the NIH.
(Once selected for interviews, interested applicants then submit an application to Brown University.)
NIH Application (due midnight, December 1, 2016)
- Online Application Form
- CV including sections: Research Interests, Research Experience, Publications and Presentations, Awards and Honors, Extracurricular Activities, and a Personal Statement.
- Graduate Record Examination Scores for the General Aptitude Test - October is the latest examination date to allow for results to be available for the application.
Test results are valid for 5 years. Self reported scores are sufficient. There is no need to send official reports.
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- NO APPLICATION FEE
Brown Application (due March 2017)NOTE: For consideration for the Brown Neuroscience Graduate Program (NSGP),
the deadline is midnight, December 1, 2016.
- Online Application Form
- Personal Statement - All applicants are required to submit a personal statement. The statement should help us understand who you are, what motivates you, and what you hope to gain from a PhD. You should also include a description of your research experience, current research interests, and explain why you are applying to the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Brown. You should limit your statement to no more than two pages, single spaced. The document should be uploaded in pdf format.
- Graduate Record Examination Scores for the General Aptitude Test - The GRE reporting code for Brown University is 3094 and the department code for Neuroscience is 0213. October, 2016, is the latest examination date to allow for results to be available for the application. Test results are valid for 5 years.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score - International students must submit scores of the TOEFL unless they have completed their undergraduate studies in the United States, another country with English as its principle language, or attended a baccalaureate-granting institution that has its primary instruction in the English language. The TOEFL reporting code for Brown University is 3094 and the department code for Neuroscience is 30. Test results are valid for 3 years.
- Undergraduate transcripts (and others where applicable).
- Brown accepts unofficial, self-reported, transcripts and GRE and TOEFL scores for the initial submitted application. Official GRE and TOEFL scores are required for Brown's Graduate School to offer admission, an event that typically occurs after applicant interviews. Brown's Graduate School requires official transcripts only for matriculation before the first Fall semester.
- Three Letters of Recommendation (not required if also submitting an NIH application)
- Application Fee of $75 - US citizens or permanent residents who can demonstrate either financial need or participation in certain specialized programs may apply for an application fee waiver. Fee waiver applications with supporting documentation must be received by the Graduate School two weeks in advance of the application deadline of December 1, 2016.