Prospective Graduate Students

Undergraduate Research Opportunities for students nationwide

The Rutgers|School of Graduate Studies is committed to inclusive excellence. Our recruitment focuses on broadening participation in our graduate programs and promoting access for students from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. We are proud to champion a holistic approach to admissions. 

Rutgers graduate students benefit from committed mentoring and an array of opportunities to help them succeed and excel.

Check out the video from our 2020 virtual exhibit at ABRCMS to learn more about what Rutgers can offer you.

How to Learn about Us and Get Personalized Advice

✓   Contact us to arrange a one-on-one phone or Zoom chat and get personalized guidance.

✓  Attend a Rutgers info session, including admission strategies, arranged specifically for your university - click here to check the events for a session.

✓ If a session is not currently scheduled at your school, we welcome you or your faculty to contact us to set one up.

✓   Visit us at a national or regional conference (virtual or in-person) - for calendar click here.

Fellowships and Funding

Our graduate students benefit from excellent financial support, including generous fellowships and assistantships with full tuition waivers and health insurance. In particular, the School of Graduate Studies is proud of its robust portfolio of fellowships to promote equity, access, and inclusivity in our incoming graduate class. Multiple federal training grants dedicated to broadening participation, including a new NIH IMSD grant, augment the School of Graduate Studies resources.

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Application Guidelines and Fee Waivers

Selecting a Graduate Program

The School of Graduate Studies hosts over 150 programs. How do you determine which one or which ones fit best for you? (You can apply to more than one, if appropriate).  Check out some guidelines here. If you would like to discuss your choices

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How to Apply

For details, instructions, and to apply now, visit the Admissions tab.  Note that you can apply to more than one program. A growing number of programs no longer require or consider GRE scores; check the requirements for each program to which you apply.

Fee Waivers

There are many categories of fee waivers to advance equity and access. A few examples are below. For a comprehensive list, check the dropdown menu in the field labeled Academic Honors Awards or Publications in the Aid section of the graduate application. If you are eligible for a waiver, you may use it for all Rutgers programs to which you apply.

  • Scholars - McNair, GEM, Project 1000, MARC, PREP, Meyerhoff, National Name Exchange, NEAGEP, and many others
  • Alumni of some Rutgers DEI-focused undergraduate summer research programs, such as RISE at Rutgers
  • Attendees at selected recruitment events: Contact us if you need to confirm your event code.
  • FreeApp program through the Big Ten Academic Alliance
  • Veterans: Instructions here.
Crafting a Competitive Application


Summer Research and Other Opportunities for Undergraduates


How can an Undergraduate Summer Research Experience help you choose a graduate school?

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Our events

Oct 25-29 12:00 pm

SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference

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Nov 10-13 10:00 am

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

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