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Students interested in the Joint Graduate Program with The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Neuroscience Department must apply directly to the JHU Neuroscience program. Janelia does not require a separate application.

There are two mechanisms by which students can join the Joint Graduate Program and do their thesis research at Janelia.

Interested students should apply directly to the JHU Neuroscience program in the fall ( In their Personal Statements, students should indicate an interest in conducting their thesis research at Janelia, include the names of one to four Janelia Group Leaders with whom they would like to do their thesis research, and briefly describe their interest/goals in doing research in these la Selected students will be invited to participate in interviews at Janelia during their JHU recruitment visit. Students accepted into the Joint Graduate Program will be informed of their acceptance by JHU by the beginning of March. They will complete their first year in residence at JHU, completing required and elective courses and participating in laboratory rotations, complete a summer rotation at Janelia and have the opportunity to conduct their thesis research at Janelia or JHU.

Students accepted into the JHU Neuroscience PhD program who have not previously indicated interest in conducting research at Janelia, also have the opportunity to do their Ph.D. research at Janelia. Interested students can directly contact Janelia Group Leaders about potential research opportunities and schedule a summer rotation at the end of their first year. After the rotation, upon agreement by the student, advisors, and program directors, the student may join the Joint Graduate Program and conduct their Ph.D. research at Janelia.

Program Applications

Guidelines and materials required for the JHU Neuroscience application include:

  • Applicants should have a B.S. or B.A. Recommended courses for entry into the program include mathematics through calculus, general physics, general biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry.
  • Laboratory research experience is desirable. If you have research experience, please indicate this in your Personal Statement and indicate the number of months engaged in full-time research.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for students from non-English-speaking countries.
  • Three letters of recommendation, transcripts of undergraduate grades, and a Personal Statement are required.
  • In the Personal Statement, please a) indicate an interest in doing thesis research at Janelia Research Campus, b) list the names of one to four Janelia Group Leaders with whom you would like to do your thesis research, and c) briefly describe your interest/goals in doing research in these labs.
  • The application can be found here: Johns Hopkins Neuroscience Graduate Student Application or
  • The deadline for submission of completed applications, including letters of recommendation is December 1.
  • All candidates will be notified of the Admission Committee's decision by April 15.


If you have any questions about the program, the application or the application process, please email Erik Snapp at