Application Fees Waived! If you are a minority student based on race, are from an economically disadvantaged background, or are a student with a disability and are interested in obtaining a fee waiver please contact Kathy Smith for more information. She may be reached at smithka@emory.edu or at 404-727-2547.

Minority Students, Economically Disadvantaged Students, and Students with Disabilities

Emory University values diversity. As a community we recognize that students from groups not traditionally present in the university bring new perspectives that enrich the fields of graduate study and enhance the educational experience of all students. We encourage applications from all qualified students, including minority students, economically disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. 

The Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS) has a proven track record of enrolling and graduating minority students, particularly African American students.  Over the past 5 years Diverse Education’s Top 100 Degree Producers lists the GDBBS in the Top 10 nationally for graduating African American students from our PhD programs.  Since 2010, the GDBBS has ranked 4th, 9th, 2nd, 7th and 4th nationally.

The GDBBS works closely with the Laney Graduate School to organize the annual Emory University STEM Research and Career Symposium, which is held annually in the spring.  The recent grant we received from the NIH to fund the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) is a reflection of our commitment to increase the diversity of the scientific workforce. The IMSD program focuses on multi-level mentoring, research integrity, and career preparation and planning to foster competitive graduate school and postdoctoral applications.  Additionally, Emory is one of ten schools who will be partnering with Xavier University on its new $19.5 million grant, “Project PATHWAY: Building Integrated Pathways to Independence for Diverse Biomedical Researchers”.

Emory is committed to enhancing diversity and fostering the development of talent from elementary school through postgraduate studies. Emory provides all persons an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs and services afforded to others. The office of Access, Disability Services and Resources assists qualified students in obtaining a variety of services (i.e., alternative testing, notetaking, interpreting, advocacy, mobility/transportation, etc.) and ensures that all matters of equal access, reasonable accommodation, and compliance are properly addressed. Students and employees must register and request services from Disability Services at Emory University or Oxford College. Confidentiality is honored and maintained.

Our comprehensive pipeline includes:

College Education

Emory College is committed to valuing difference and ensuring that the students, faculty, staff, and administrators are diverse in ethnicity, gender, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation, and physical ability. At the same time, we are unified in the goal of achieving academic excellence, and preparing for life and work in a global society. We strive to offer multicultural and gender-balanced education in the curriculum, instruction, and services that address learning and physical disabilities and support for staff and faculty development.

Undergraduate Research

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE) allows undergraduate students to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor. Students receive training in the research methods applicable to their research plan, analyze their data and create written and oral presentations of their results. At the end of the summer, each participant takes part in a formal research symposium.

Post-Baccalaureate Program

We will be continuing our successful Post-baccalaureate program (PREP). This program will offer a comprehensive research experience for 10-12 minority students per year who desire to obtain the Ph.D. in the Biological or Biomedical Sciences, but who lack the depth of research experience to be competitive at the best schools. Emory’s program has placed over two-thirds of its trainees in Ph.D. or M.P.H. graduate programs.

Graduate Fellowships

The Graduate School offers three types of highly competitive fellowships for biomedical science students: the Woodruff Fellowship, the Emory Graduate Diversity Fellowship (EGDF), and the Laney Graduate School Fellowship (LGSF). These programs supplement the standard graduate fellowships offered to all students.