How To Apply


The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine XDBio Graduate Program will begin accepting applications September 1, 2024.

December 1, 2024 is the deadline for the receipt of ALL application materials for acceptance into the program beginning August 2025.

Interview Dates:  mid-February 2025


    1. Applicants are not required to take the GRE for this program

    2. Undergraduate Transcript/s.

    3. CV – Applicants must submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV), that includes complete details of post-secondary educational background, as well as employment and research experience. Please include any honors (scholarships, fellowships, election to honor societies, etc.) you have received. Your CV can be updated after the application is submitted, as long as the updates are before the graduate program’s deadline.

    4. Applicants must submit three XDBio-specific statements:

          – Please describe your personal background and how it has shaped your academic journey or desire to study at Hopkins. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Graduate Biomedical Education are fully committed to the shared values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence. We firmly believe that we best promote excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students and promoting a sense of inclusion and belonging for every member of our community. Please feel free to include any reflections on or experiences with advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in science, and any challenges you have faced in your education and career.
          – Describe at least one research project you’ve participated in in the past. For each project, please explain the broader scientific goal(s) behind each research project, detail your specific contributions, and discuss potential future directions the project could take. (1-2 pages)
          – Please address your PhD training goals and vision, as well as your long-term career goals. How are these supported by the structure of XDBio over more traditional PhD programs? Please also indicate faculty (at JHU and/or Janelia Research Campus) who you would be interested in for rotation or thesis work and, in a few sentences for each, indicate why. 

    5. References – Applicants must identify three people who are familiar with the applicant’s work and provide contact info for these references. The contact info will be entered into the application, and SOM will contact the references and ask them to submit letters of recommendation on behalf of the applicant

For more information on how to apply to the XDBio PhD Graduate Program, visit the
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Graduate Programs

XDBio Graduate Program Office

Sharon Welling
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Administrative Director – XDBio Graduate Program
Cross Disciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
1830 E. Monument Street, Ste 2-300
Baltimore, MD 21205