Please note, we accept applications for the Fall term only. Deadline for applying are:

December 1, 2020 – To guarantee full consideration of application by the GEMS review committee.

February 15, 2021 – Latest application date for international applicants.

May 15, 2021 – Latest application date for domestic applicants.

If you are an applicant from Puerto Rico, please contact Mia Johnson by email ([email protected]) or US mail (see mailing address below) for special instructions for applying.



We strongly urge you to use the university on-line application process.

When completing the application, under “Graduate and Professional Programs” chose “PHD GRADUATE EDUCATION IN MEDICAL SCIENCES (GEMS)” from the drop down menu.  The Program Code for GEMS is 20FS5375NONE.

Please indicate research areas that interest you, choose up to THREE categories from the following list:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Genetics and Gene Regulation
  • Immunology
  • Informatics and Genomics
  • Lung Biology
  • Metabolism and Metabolic Disorders
  • Microbiology
  • Neurobiology and Neurodegeneration
  • Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Structural, Computational Biology, and Biophysics
  • Systems Physiology
  • Virology

(optional) List up to FIVE UI College of Medicine faculty members whose research interests you. Faculty in the six Research Concentrations can be browsed via the following links: Cancer Biology, Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Integrative and Translational Physiology, Microbiology Immunity and Inflammation, Molecular and Structural Biology, and Neurobiology.

Completing The Application: Required Documents

Application (on-line application process).

Personal Statement of Purpose, Relevant Experience and Goals

Request that the Educational Testing Service send GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) scores to the University of Illinois at Chicago.  The Institution Code for both GRE and TOEFL scores is 1851.

Transcripts: Applicants should not send official paper academic credentials by mail unless the department expressly requests that you send credentials directly to them. You must still upload an unofficial copy electronically to satisfy the institutional requirements.

Official, sealed academic credentials will be requested from applicants admitted to a degree-seeking program. The request for official paper academic credentials will be noted on the official admission letter from the Office of Admissions. Failure to submit official, sealed academic credentials will result in a registration hold after the 10th day of the admission term, but will only affect registration for the second term at UIC.

Three letters of recommendation are required by GEMS.

Application fee: domestic students: $70.00; foreign students: $70.00. With the web application you may choose to pay with a credit card at the time you submit your application on-line, otherwise send a check or money order to the University.  If you defer payment you will need to send the fee to the University by check or money order.  Under certain circumstances the application fee may be waived, see Application Fee Waiver Program.

GEMS mailing address:

Mia Johnson
GEMS Assistant Director
c/o College of Medicine Dean’s Office (M/C 784)
1853 W. Polk Street  rm 131

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60612

Phone contact: 312-355-0389

E-mail contact: [email protected]