Van Andel Institute Graduate School
Fully Funded PhD in Cell and Molecular Genetics
Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS) develops future leaders in biomedical research through an intense, problem-focused Ph.D. degree in cell and molecular biology. By combining rigorous, inquiry-based coursework with extensive hands-on experience in laboratories led by the Institute’s expert faculty, VAIGS prepares students for productive careers in biomedical research and beyond. The Graduate School thrives within the state-of-the-art facilities of Van Andel Research Institute, with access to extensive core technology support and the resources of collaborators in Grand Rapids, Michigan and around the country.
VAIGS is committed to developing tomorrow’s scientific leaders, not only through a rigorous scientific education but also through the development of vital professional skills such as leadership, ethics, responsible and effective conduct of research, public speaking, and grant and technical writing. Thanks to a low student: faculty ratio, VAIGS students receive extensive and thoughtful mentorship from the Institute’s distinguished faculty, who have made signification contributions to the scientific community. Students also meet with esteemed speakers from around the world as part of the Institute’s seminar series and scientific symposia.
Van Andel Institute Graduate School students receive a generous living stipend of approximately $30,000, full tuition waiver, insurance (health, dental and vision), a laptop computer and $2000/year for travel to scientific research events.
The application deadline is December 1, 2018. Early application is recommended. Interviews will be held in early 2019.
The program is open to all applicants regardless of race, gender, ethnic or national origin, religion or age. Individuals from demographic groups that are underrepresented among professional scientists are especially encouraged to apply. The Graduate School welcomes international applicants (those who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents). International applicants admitted to VAIGS will be sponsored in the J-1 student (college and university) visa category; Van Andel Institute is not currently designated to sponsor F-1 visas.