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Graduate student visas are sponsored by Johns Hopkins University (JHU), not by Janelia. Please contact Beth Wood Roig  ( with any questions.

Additional Degree Requirements

Degrees are granted by the The Johns Hopkins University. Graduate scholars spend one year in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins and the remaining years doing research in a Janelia laboratory. The thesis defense takes place at the partner institution.

  • The Johns Hopkins University: Graduate scholars must complete an ethics course, several courses in neural cognition, and 6 elective courses. There are additional journal club and seminar requirements, which can be fulfilled while in residence at Janelia.

TOEFL/ IELTS Requirements

The Johns Hopkins University

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required for international graduate scholars. The TOEFL requirement can be waived for applicants who have completed their degree (or are currently enrolled in a degree program) at a university within the U.S. or U.K.

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Institution Code: 5316

Financial Support and Benefits

Graduate scholars are fully supported financially by their labs & the graduate program during their research. The following information is for the 2023/2024 Academic Year.

While in the first year of the joint program at The Johns Hopkins University:

  • Stipend equivalent to the first year Johns Hopkins stipend
  • Health insurance, plus other benefits supplied by Johns Hopkins
  • Payment of all travel to Janelia as required

While at Janelia:

  • Receive a Janelia Graduate Scholar Stipend
  • Health insurance, plus other benefits.
  • Payment of all programmatic travel costs.
  • Travel to scientific conferences and courses.