Admission to the Research Fellows Program

Learn how to apply to the program, as well as how we determine your eligibility and fit for each application cycle.

2023–24 Application Window
  Standard Track Dedicated Track
Application Opens 01 Sep 2023 01 Sep 2023
Deadline for Full Consideration 16 Oct 2023
5:00pm PT
16 Oct 2023
5:00pm PT
Deadline for Rolling Admission 01 Mar 2024
5:00pm PT
Varies by faculty

For full consideration, applicants should submit their applications, including all letters of recommendation, by October 16. We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis for unfilled positions through March 1.


To be eligible for admission, you must meet one of the following conditions prior to the start of the program:

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or
  2. Completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. Please see below for the minimum international education requirements.

Applicants with master’s degrees are welcome to apply, but a master’s degree is not required.


Because of our strong belief in the value of diversity in the pursuit of our educational and research missions, we particularly encourage applications from those whose backgrounds and life experiences would bring additional dimensions to their field.

Application Requirements

To apply, you must complete our online application with all required information and materials:

  • Biographical information, educational experience, and short answer questions
  • CV or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Uploaded unofficial transcripts
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)

There is no application fee required.

How to Apply

Start a new application or continue working on your application through our application portal. You can start the application anytime and save your progress as needed until you are ready to submit.

The application will ask you to select the standard and/or the dedicated track, then depending on the track(s) you choose, you will:

  • Standard Track: Indicate your primary and secondary areas of interest for the projects you will be assigned throughout your rotation.
  • Dedicated Track: Select one or more of our specific project listings, which will determine which faculty members you will be assigned to support for the duration of the program.

After You Apply

Once we have reviewed your application, we will contact you if you become a finalist for your chosen track. Finalists will be asked to complete a coding assessment and an interview.

For the dedicated track, you may be considered for more than one project if you select more than one in your application. You may, however, only accept one position since each project is expected to be a full-time commitment to support specific faculty members.