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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology Program at IU School of Medicine-Bloomington:

Yes, you may request a fee waiver for the application through the B1G Academic Alliance. Additional opportunities for application fee waivers may be available through the Indiana University Graduate School. For more information, contact Jackie Breeding.

Yes, students apply through the Indiana University Graduate School as described on the Applying for Admission page.

Yes! Program faculty are happy to receive emails from prospective trainees and to answer any questions about the work within their laboratory or the program in general. However, it is not required to contact faculty prior to application, and prior correspondence with faculty will not influence the admission decision.

Yes, the IELTS can be used in place of the TOEFL. For the IELTS, a score of 7.0 is recommended.

No, lab rotations and courses during the first year of the program will give you an opportunity to explore different types of research before you have to select your dissertation lab and project.

No, for the application process you may submit unofficial transcripts. However, if you are chosen for an interview and an offer for admission, the official transcripts will need to be sent before the offer for admission can be made.

No, the GRE test is no longer required.

Yes, the program selects qualified domestic candidates to visit Bloomington (at the school’s expense) to visit on a Friday-Saturday Graduate Recruiting Weekend (GRW) in February.

Yes, international students residing in the U.S. are eligible for in-person interviews if selected by the admissions committee. Selected applicants residing outside of the U.S. will be interviewed via Zoom.

Yes. All students who are admitted are offered full tuition coverage and a stipend. Financial support is guaranteed for five years as long as the student maintains good standing.

Yes, graduate students are eligible for the Indiana University health insurance.

Yes, the TOEFL exam is required for international applicants. Please send TOEFL scores to Indiana University Graduate School using code 1324, no department code is required. If the applicant has completed a degree at an institution taught in English AND in a country where the official/primary language is English, this requirement is waived.

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As of Jan 1, 2022, the stipend is $27,500 per year.