four students standing outside. Duke Chapel in the backgroundWe encourage applications from students with strong undergraduate backgrounds in multiple of biology, statistics, mathematics, physics, and computer science. We look for students who have excelled in science coursework as undergraduates and/or who have performed at a high level in independent study, research, or work. We admit young scientists of great promise and teach them to be excellent researchers and life-long learners.

Admission Criteria

Applicants should submit an electronic application and all supporting materials through the Duke Graduate School. Do not send application materials or supporting documents directly to the CBB program.

To request an application fee waiver, please contact Dr. Alan Kendrick.

Financial Aid

All CBB students are guaranteed at least five years of funding that includes tuition, fees and a generous stipend. The uniform stipend for academic year 2019 - 2020 is $31,800. The CBB Graduate Program provides support for students admitted directly into the program for the first 2 years of doctoral study. Beginning July 1 of the third year in residence, the faculty advisor will become responsible for the student's stipend and fees for the duration of the student's dissertation work. Many CBB students are also awarded competitive national and international graduate fellowships, such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the PhRMA Informatics Pre-doctoral Awards, the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award and more.


Liz Labriola
PhD Administrative Coordinator

Related Links

Admissions FAQs
CBB Student Manual
Current Career Position of Duke Ph.D. Graduates