Applications will be accepted beginning September 2019 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please see the Graduate School website for details on Department Admissions Deadlines.
To apply, a completed web-based application is required, including:
- Unofficial transcripts of your grades
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official TOEFL exam scores from ETS are required if you do not meet the requirements listed here.
*Please note that GRE scores are not required; however, applicants may submit them if they so choose.*
All applications for graduate study are processed through the Graduate Admissions Office, which provides an online application. Our school code for TOEFL is 2672. No department code is required.
Requests for application fee waivers will be considered for U.S. citizens or permanent residents on the basis of significant financial hardship, or if you have participated or are currently participating in one of the several eligible programs (see Fee Waivers). Proof of program participation will need to be uploaded along with your application. The fee waiver option is accessible through the payment section of the admission application. If you choose that option, the fee waiver application will become part of your admission application and must be submitted by the application deadline. Applicants will be notified of a fee waiver decision within one week after the applications are submitted. Please email gs[at]princeton[dot]edu with any questions. Participants in the National Institutes of Health's Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (ENDURE) program may request fee waivers by emailing Ed Clayton at ec12[at]princeton[dot]edu.
PNI Graduate (Ph.D.) Program Application Tips
The application for the Neuroscience PhD program includes a statement of purpose, transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate programs, three letters of reference, and an updated resume/CV. GRE scores are not required, but we do accept them if students choose to submit them. While PNI reviews graduate applications holistically, most referees place the greatest emphasis on the statement of purpose and the letters of reference, and are particularly interested in letters of reference from previous research mentors. The statement of purpose is an opportunity to convey scientific and career goals directly to the admissions committee. A good statement will include a brief overview of your motivation to pursue graduate training in neuroscience, a history of research experiences up to this point, along with future interests and ambitions. When discussing previous research experiences, focus on the big picture questions the research addressed, and then specifics of your role in the project, in addition to any outcomes and the impact to the field. A successful statement also outlines why PNI is the best place for you to conduct your graduate training. Applicants should identify 2-3 faculty members at PNI who might be a good fit for their research interests. PNI welcomes graduate applications from students of all disciplines. Our current graduate students completed undergraduate degrees in neuroscience, psychology, biology, engineering, computer science, and more. The program itself is designed to support students from many disciplines in an effort to create an intellectually diverse neuroscience workforce.
Additional advice/tips on completing your PNI application here.
Princeton Neuroscience PhD Program Application Support
EPSP (Empowering Diversity and Supporting Scientific equity at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI)) and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute would like to help you with your PhD application to the Neuroscience program at Princeton University. We are delighted to match you with a Princeton Neuroscience Institute graduate student who would be happy to help review your application material! Amongst the resources we hope to offer are 1-on-1 mentorship and a comprehensive view of the program and its resources. EPSP aspires to build and support an inclusive, accessible, and diverse community for underrepresented groups and their allies at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. EPSP aims to empower, support and welcome scientists and research staff from all underrepresented backgrounds such as first-generation or low-Income students, and students who identify as belonging to a racial and/or ethnic underrepresented group, individuals who are neurodiverse, medically disabled, and/or LGBTQIA+.
Our application support group is a student-run initiative led by the EPSP (for more information on EPSP please visit our website) The intention of this initiative is to provide support to prospective applicants. All personal information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with Princeton University faculty and administration. Participation in this program will not guarantee admission to the PNI Neuroscience Program.
The creation of this program was inspired by similar efforts offered by MIT's BCS program and NYU’s Neuroscience program Application Support Group.
Please fill out this form and we will contact you with more information regarding the Application Support Group.
All admitted students receive full financial support for the duration of their Ph.D., including tuition, a competitive stipend, and health benefits. This support is made possible through a combination of funds from Princeton University, federal grants to PNI, generous private donations, teaching assignments, and grants to faculty members. For complete details, refer to the Graduate School at Princeton University.
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