For Prospective Students

Research in the Biology Department spans from small proteins to vast ecosystems, providing students with a thriving intellectual community. Our Ph.D. program – ranked among the top in the country – is highly flexible, allowing you to design the path that best fits your interests and fostering intellectual independence. You will learn in one-on-one tutorials with some of the best researchers in their field, participate in highly interactive and dynamic classes, and, most importantly, conduct cutting-edge research in the field of your choice.

Our graduate students are the heart and soul of the Department, and form a tightly knit and very supportive community. Graduate students in the department also gain experience with skills that go beyond scientific research, such as project management, event planning, outreach, and science communication.    

Explore our Program

How to Apply

Learn how to apply for our doctoral program. We've included some tips for your application as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions about test scores, evaluation process, selectivity, and other aspects of our program.

Financial Support

Read about financial support opportunities, including fellowships from the university and other sources, teaching, and work-study.

Graduate Faculty

Our 45 graduate faculty lead innovative research across all areas of biology from molecules to ecosystems. 

Areas of Research

Find more information on the variety of research topics studied in our Department

Career Paths

There is a lot you can do with a Ph.D. in Biology. See where are some our graduate students now. 

Graduate Life

Learn more about life in Durham. You will find resources to help you plan your move and set up your life here at Duke.