The Immunology 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 experience enriches our multidisciplinary environment. Learn more about our program here.

The PhD Program in Immunology, founded in 1988, is one of fourteen Stanford Biosciences programs. The goal of the PhD Program in Immunology is to provide outstanding training and education for obtaining the PhD degree in Immunology and to develop young investigators who will carry out innovative research in the field. Our 61 students benefit greatly from the long tradition of collaboration among the immunology laboratories, with an emphasis on the application of cutting edge approaches to problems in cellular, molecular, computational, and clinical immunology. Immunology faculty members are leaders in their respective areas of research, and often incorporate bench to bedside approaches. Our PhD core coursework requirements plus strong electives in related disciplines provide an integrated curriculum that spans basic and clinical immunology. Students can choose from either the Molecular, Cellular, and Translational Immunology (MCTI) track or the Computational and Systems Immunology (CSI – founded in 2011) track. Graduate students in immunology actively participate in seminars, journal clubs, and the annual Stanford Immunology Scientific Conference at Asilomar. Students have access to state-of-the-art research facilities in the immunology laboratories, located in various departments in the School of Medicine, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Palo Alto Veteran's Administration Medical Center.

Before You Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Stanford Biosciences Ph.D. Programs. The application for the Autumn 2021-22 will open in September 2020. For information about our admissions process, our faculty, and Stanford University, please visits the following websites:

How to Apply

In addition to the information below, please review the Graduate Admissions website prior to starting your application. When you are ready to apply, please click here to start your online application.

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


Application Deadline

Official Transcript Requirement

Graduate Admissions only requires admitted applicants who accept the offer of admission to submit official transcripts that shows their degree conferral. More details on this can be found on the following Graduate Admissions webpage. Please do not send or have sent any official transcripts to our office.


GRE Test Requirements

GRE general test scores are optional.
GRE Subject Test scores are not required.


TOEFL Test Special Accommodations

Please see the Graduate Admissions "Required Exams" web page for information regarding COVID-19 and special TOEFL Test accommodations.


Mailing Address

Temporary Mailing Address
Biosciences PhD Admissions
Stanford University
3165 Porter Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304-5261


The Stanford Biosciences Home Programs comprise nine departments and five interdisciplinary programs, which span the School of Medicine and the School of Humanities and Sciences. 

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Admissions 2020


The Immunology Program welcomed applicants with a variety of scientific backgrounds and a diversity of experience. 

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