Resources for Current Students

Welcome to Stanford University! We are excited that you have chosen Stanford University’s PhD Program in Immunology for your PhD studies. 

The section below provides links to resources necessary for your training and outlines the Immunology PhD curriculum.

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Immunology Graduate Handbook

The Stanford Immunology PhD Program Handbook is a guide to current policies, standards, procedures and resources that govern students in the Immunology PhD program at Stanford. In addition, students participating in Stanford University’s PhD program are subject to policies and standards established by both Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford Immunology.

Familiarize yourself with the program rules and requirements as well as curriculum requirements. The handbook also includes directory of current students, tips on how to choose rotations and a thesis lab, as well as how to prepare for qualifying exam. First years are recommended to be completely familiar with the material presented in this handbook before starting their first quarter at Stanford.

Every effort is made to ensure the information contained in this online handbook is accurate and current. Stanford Immunology Program reserves the right to make changes and revisions in the applicable regulations, procedures, policies, requirements, and other information contained in the handbook at any time without notice.


Immunology PhD candidates must complete 135 units of graduate course work and research. In addition to courses, students must also complete at least three lab rotations, pass qualifying exams, present at the annual Stanford Immunology retreat, and serve as teaching assistants to two immunology courses. Further details for program requirements can be found on the Curriculum page and in the program training timeline document below.

Mentorship Office Hours

To provide intra-program mentorship and support beyond the First Year Mentorship Committee, confidential one-on-one mentorship office hours are available. These sign-up or drop-in sessions should provide a safe, no-judgment space for students to ask for advice from or vent to faculty and senior (3rd year and above) graduate students.

  • Check the office hours for peers and faculty mentors here
  • Nominate faculty and peer mentors who you have found helpful and/or you think would be helpful to others here

For All Years

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For First-Year Students

For Second-Year Students

For Third- to Fourth-Year Students

For Senior Students