|Approximately 10 students join the Watson School Ph.D. program each year. Watson School students come from all over the world, with more than 20 US states and 25 countries represented. The Watson School encourages applicants with backgrounds in any area of biology as well as those with non-bioscience backgrounds, such as computer science, engineering, math, chemistry, and physics. Students must have recieved a bachelor's degree or equivalent by the time they enroll in the program. The application consists of official transcripts, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. Students from non-English language universities must submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores. The GRE general test and subject test(s) are not required. Applications must be submitted online by December 1st. For more information about the application process, read our application guidelines.
The Watson School recruits a diverse student group, including individuals from a range of academic, geographic, social, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. The program especially encourages students from groups not traditionally represented in the biological sciences. The Watson School faculty and administration and the CSHL community work together to provide mentoring and guidance to ensure all students achieve their goals in the program.
The Watson School is funded largely by an endowment provided by generous private donors. The Ph.D. program stipend is currently $33,000 per year. Students who are awarded an external fellowship - NSF, NIH, or other government or private organization - receive a stipend of $36,300, or the amount of their fellowships stipend (whichever is higher). The Watson School pays all tuition costs and associated study fees for its students. Students receive a new laptop and all necessary software and textbooks, roughly $3,500 of materials. Once students join a research lab, they receive an $8,000 per year research cost allowance, intended to help support their thesis work, paid to their lab. Students are eligible for full health and dental benefits and have access to affordable campus child care. Students are also eligible for a sports and fitness refund. CSHL offers relocation costs and housing subsidies. Dining services at the Laboratory are also subsidized.
For more information about the application procedure, read our application guidelines.