Application, Admission, and Financial Aid

  • 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.

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!


You can also contact our Student Services office at:

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