Application, Admission, and Financial Aid

Students seeking admissions to the Microbiology and Immunology Ph.D program typically have an undergraduate major in biological sciences, but majors from other areas are acceptable if the applicant has sufficient coursework or interest in the field. Information for prospective students can be found on the Stanford Biosciences  website. Applications should be submitted at the Office of Graduate Admissions website. The GRE is not required to apply for the Ph.D degree in Microbiology and Immunology.

In the absence of independent fellowship support, entering predoctoral students are fully supported with a stipend and tuition award. Highly qualified applicants may be honored by a nomination for a Stanford Graduate Fellowship. Successful applicants have been competitive for predoctoral fellowships such as those from the National Science Foundation.

Good luck and we look forward to having you join us!
  • Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS)
    Join dozens of Stanford Medicine students who gain valuable leadership skills in a multidisciplinary, multicultural community as Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS).

    KHS admits up to 100 select applicants each year from across Stanford’s seven graduate schools, and delivers engaging experiences that prepare them to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders ready to address complex global challenges. As a scholar, you join a distinguished cohort, participate in up to three years of leadership programming, and receive full funding for up to three years of your PhD studies at Stanford.

    Candidates of any country may apply. KHS applicants must have earned their first undergraduate degree within the last seven years, and must apply to both a Stanford graduate program and to KHS. Stanford PhD students may also apply to KHS during their first year of PhD enrollment.

    If you aspire to be a leader in your field, we invite you to apply. The KHS application deadline is October 12, 2022. Learn more about KHS admission.


You can also contact our Student Services office at:

Student Services 
Department of Microbiology & Immunology 
299 Campus Drive 
Fairchild Bldg, D338B 
Stanford, CA 94305