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The Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) is a doctoral program that enables you to take advantage of all of the resources found at a modern research university. Everything Yale has to offer – faculty, facilities, and campuses - is here in one comprehensive, interdisciplinary graduate program.
BBS has no boundaries, either departmental or geographical. Upon admission to Yale you will have access to courses, seminars, and faculty labs in every department. Because Yale is unusual among major universities in having its main campus and medical school within walking distance of one another, you can easily participate in research activities and courses on the main University campus as well as at the world-renowned Yale School of Medicine. Moreover, Yale’s brand new West Campus is connected to the rest of the university by non-stop shuttle service. Yale in its entirety will be yours to explore.
When you complete your Ph.D. at Yale, you will have received a thorough, interdisciplinary, cutting edge education that will leave you extremely well prepared for careers in academia, industry, business, and the many other exciting paths our graduates pursue.
Students apply to, and upon matriculation, affiliate with one of the seven Tracks. It is important to note that regardless of a student’s home Track, all courses, faculty and research opportunities at the university remain available. A typical student's course of study follows the schedule below:
Year 1 - Students will typically take two to four courses per semester and will conduct two to four lab rotations over the course of the year. Each Track has a faculty Director who helps first-year students select courses and find suitable lab rotations.
Year 2 – Just prior to the start of the second year, students select a thesis adviser in whose lab they will conduct their doctoral research. They also then leave their BBS Track and formally join one of 12 Ph.D.-granting programs:
- Cell Biology
- Cellular and Molecular Physiology
- Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
- Experimental Pathology
- Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program
- Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
- Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Students in Year 2 complete the course requirements for the graduate program they have joined, take a qualifying exam, act as teaching assistants in lecture or lab courses, and begin thesis research.
Year 3 and Beyond – Students focus primarily on thesis research, publishing their results, and presenting their work at scientific meetings.
All BBS students receive a stipend ($33,000 in 2014-15), full tuition coverage, and health insurance. Students who win competitive outside awards such as NIH National Research Service Awards (NRSA) or NSF fellowships receive a stipend bonus of $4,000 (for a total stipend of $37,000 in 2014-15.
Financial aid for students who are neither U.S. Citizens nor U.S. Permanent Residents is very limited; therefore, we are able to admit less than 5-7% of our non-U.S. applicant pool. International students should take this into consideration before applying.
Established in 2011 by the Gruber Foundation, the Gruber Science Fellowship is awarded to the most highly ranked applicants to Yale PhD programs in the life sciences, cosmology, and astrophysics. This Fellowship is the most prestigious award offered by Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to incoming science students in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments and exceptional promise.
Gruber Science Fellows receive a stipend supplement and a research account in addition to the standard stipend and tuition award given to students in their respective PhD programs. Fellows are also entitled to participate in Fellowship events and activities throughout the academic year among many special privileges, such as meetings with seminar speakers and lecturers, a fall reception for new Fellows, and a spring picnic.