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 2022-22 will open in September 2021. For information about our admissions process, our faculty, and Stanford University, please visits the following websites:

How to Apply

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.

To apply or for more information on the admissions process and requirements, please visit the Stanford Biosciences "How to Apply" PhD admissions page. If you are interested in the Computational and Systems Immunology track, please indicate so in your personal statement in your application.

Applying and Deadline

Thank you for your interest in the 14 Biosciences PhD Programs at Stanford University! The application for Autumn 2023-24 will open in September 2022.

The 14 Stanford Biosciences PhD Programs only accept applications once per year for the Autumn quarter entry only. The application deadline for Autumn 2023-24 is Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at 11:59:59 pm (PST).  All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

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:


Stanford Immunology Review Program for Applicants

The Stanford Immunology Review Program for Applicants (SIRPA) is a CDIII committee-supported student-organized initiative that strives to assist individuals applying to the Immunology PhD program. Participants will receive one round of feedback on their statements of purpose. Participation in this program does not guarantee admission, and applicants that don’t participate in this program will not be penalized in any way. Participation in this program will be kept confidential from Immunology Faculty and other members of the Immunology PhD Admissions Committee. 

We invite all interested students, and especially those from backgrounds underrepresented in academia, to apply. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to, groups constructed on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, mental and physical disability, first-generation undergraduate study, and socioeconomic identity.  To participate in SIRPA, please be on a look out for dates of submission.


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

Stanford Biosciences PhD Admissions
Office Location (Temporary Closed):
1265 Welch Road, MSOB X100
Stanford, CA 94305-5421

Phone: (650) 723-2460




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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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Immunology Admissions

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

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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Stanford Immunology Admissions


The Immunology Program welcomes applicants with a variety of scientific backgrounds and a diversity of experience. View photos below.

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