Prospective Students

How to Apply 

The Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (SCBRM) program is one of fourteen Biosciences PhD programs at the School of Medicine. The SCBRM program is unique amongst them as the focus of inquiry is stem cells, the only cells in a tissue or organ that have the capacity to generate and regenerate tissue. Broadly, these cells include, but are not limited to, the embryonic stem cells that generate tissue and organ stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells which harbor the unique genetic background of their somatic cell donor, and the cancer stem cells at the core of malignant disease and metastasis. With that stem cell–centric focus, we operate at the intersection of basic science and clinical application. We strive to provide students with skills that encompass the continuum of basic, translational, and clinical sciences across a wide variety of potential applications.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of stem cell biology and the SCBRM PhD program, we welcome applications from students with a variety of scientific backgrounds. We strongly 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. All applicants are considered equally regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, or gender. 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.



Applications to the Stanford Biosciences PhD Programs are now live and must be made through Graduate Admissions by November 30, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted. 

An application fee waiver is available here



Finally, we would like to clarify the intent of several of the questions posed in the application:

Contributing Factors to Stanford Community

We believe your unique experiences, and the perspectives they have given you, are instrumental to creating a diverse community of scientists which will advance the field of stem cell biology. Please use this space to describe some such experiences and how your perspective will enhance our community. 

[Bioscience Supplement] Describe an Interesting Biological or Biomedical Problem 

Please use this space to tell us about an interesting scientific problem which you could see yourself pursuing during graduate school. Put another way, tell us about your “dream biological or biomedical PhD project”! If you have too many, you are welcome to state that and pick one that you are most excited about.

[Bioscience Supplement] Significant Research Project 

We are interested in learning more about a single laboratory-based research project which you have intensely engaged with (or are currently engaging in). Please use this space to describe your contributions to such a project.

We recognize that a variety of factors may have limited your ability to partake in scientific research, or other in-depth extracurricular scholarly projects. You may use this space to describe those factors if desired. Additional space for such a response can also be found in the personal statement.

Application Status 

To check the status/activity of your application materials, please log into your application account. There you will find the most current status of all your application materials. 


COVID-19 Pandemic Accommodations 

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.

Questions or Concerns

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

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