Criteria & Application Requirements

APPLY HERE by January 9, 2019 at 11:59pm PST (application will be available in mid-October, 2018).


  • Sophomore or above at a  4-year university. You are eligible if you have graduated from a 4-year university.
  • Students who, by reason of their culture, class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, background, work and life experiences, and/or skills and interests would bring diversity (broadly defined) to graduate study in the medicine and biological sciences
  • Demonstrated interest in pursuing a MD-PhD in the biosciences (i.e. prior scientific research experience or intent to participate in research in the upcoming academic year)
  • Completed application submitted by the deadline
  • Must be available for the entire program (from March 14-16, 2019)
  • Note: in general, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher will be competitive for this program. However, applicants with GPA below 3.0 may still apply; applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, incorporating relevant information from the essay responses which might explain lapses in academic performance.

Application Requirements: 

  • Copy of an unofficial transcript (official transcripts will be required later for students who are accepted into the program)
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Resume/CV
  • Essay responses on application form



  • Application opens in mid-October, 2018
  • Application closes on January 9, 2019 at 11:59pm PST
  • Selected participants will be notified in early February; selected participants will have 48 hours to accept or decline the offer
  • Stanford MD-PhD Preview begins on March 14, 2019


Recommendation Letters:

  • All applicants to Preview must have two letters of reccomendation. 
  • The recommendation letter is submitted through the online application via a link sent to the recommender.
  • Recommendation letters from someone familiar with your previous research and/or graduate level research potential (PIs, research program directors, etc.) are strongly encouraged.
  • Recommendation letters should touch upon the your potential and resiliency for an academic career.
  • Note: Redundant letters (e.g. from two mentors involved in the same or similar projects) are strongly discouraged.

Stanford Preview 2019

Applicants who wish to be considered for both Stanford MD-PhD Preview and the Stanford Preview ( can apply to both programs using a single application link. Please note your preference of the two programs. You may use the same letter of recommendation for both applications.