Prospective Students

Are you interested in pursuing a PhD in cancer research? Get to know the Stanford Cancer Biology program! Our goal is to educate as many potential applicants as possible about the program and opportunities for cancer research at Stanford, as well as giving students tools and support throughout the PhD admissions process.

Stanford Cancer Biology Admissions Webinar & Q&A

September 17, 2021, | 3pm PST / 6pm EST

This panel is open to the public. Register for Zoom Invite:

Considering applying to PhD programs this year? Excited about cancer biology research? In this webinar, learn about the Stanford Cancer Biology PhD program, current research projects, and life in the Bay Area from program directors and current students. 

Stanford Cancer Biology Virtual PhD Preview Weekend

October 23-25, 2021

Apply by Oct 15:

Develop your graduate school application while meeting current Cancer Biology PhD students and faculty during this weekend workshop! Nontraditional applicants strongly encouraged to apply.

Please visit the Biosciences PhD Admissions page for detailed information on the admissions process and requirements.

In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford reaffirms its commitment to perform individualized, holistic review of each applicant to its graduate and professional programs. We recognize that students may have faced significant challenges during the period of disruption caused by the pandemic, and we will take such individual circumstances into account during application review. Importantly, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/No Credit and other grading options during this unprecedented period of COVID-19 disruption, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students. Our goal remains to form graduate student cohorts that are excellent and encompass a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences that enrich the graduate educational experience.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 11:59:59 pm (PST). Late applications will not be accepted.

* Application will open in September 2021

Any questions or concerns about the application process should be addressed to: 

The Cancer Biology Home Program is one of fourteen Biosciences PhD programs at the School of Medicine. We welcome applications from students with a variety of scientific backgrounds and believe that diversity of previous experiences enriches our multidisciplinary environment.

Qualified applicants will have completed a bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related fields; applicants with majors in physics, chemistry or mathematics may be admitted on condition that they complete background training in biology during the first two years of study. Students who wish to pursue a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree will be considered for admission into the Cancer Biology Program after they have been admitted to the M.D. program in the School of Medicine. All applicants are considered equally regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, or gender.

PhD Program

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program awards full funding to Stanford graduate students from all disciplines, including Cancer Biology, with additional opportunities for leadership training and collaboration across fields.