Student Application


Web Submission: Complete the on-line course data entry form. Upon submission you will be sent an email acknowledgement to your best email address confirming that you have completed the basic application. This email will include a link that you can use to return to your application to submit the following Required Supporting Documentation (in .pdf format). If reference letters are required, an email will be sent to all your listed references asking that they submit a letter of reference in .pdf format supporting your application.

  • Enclose a copy of your curriculum vitae.
  • Please arrange for two individuals who are familiar with your academic and research background and goals to provide a letter of reference in support of your application. These lettters should not come from faculty members of the course to which you are applying. However, recommendations from course faculty members may be submitted as a supplemental third evaluation.
  • Transcripts: Undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required of applicants currently enrolled in graduate school. M.D.s and Ph.D.s need only submit graduate school transcripts. Although official copies are not required, originals should be submitted. If your institution outside the U.S. does not issue transcripts, we will accept copies of diplomas and certificates.
  • Test Scores: Graduate students should submit score reports from any graduate level test taken (GRE General, GRE Subject, MCAT, TOEFL, etc.). Official score reports are not required; copies will be accepted. Please note that ETS in Princeton does not release information to the MBL.
  • Statement of Goals: Please provide a one-page description of your goals for the next three years related to your reasons for wanting to take this course.
  • Summary of Research Experience: Write 1-2 pages highlighting your research and programmatic plans for graduate or postdoctural training. If you are not currently in graduate school, please indicate if you have been accepted into a graduate program (if not, please list the programs to which you have submitted an application.)
  • Statement on Diversity: SPINES is focused on increasing diversity in the neurosciences. Please describe your experience working with diverse populations and/or your interest in working to enhance diversity in your future career.
  • Please respond to the following:

    1. Academic Advisor's Name (First, MI, Last), Department and Address.
    2. Have you ever presented research at a scientific meeting or had research published? If yes, were you ever a first author, coauthor, or first author and coauthor?

Deadline: Completed application forms and required supporting documentation must be received by February 24, 2017.   You will be notified of the Admissions Committee's decision by mid March.

Financial Information: SPINES is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the nature of this grant specifies that only US citizens or Permanent Residents may receive full funding from the grant for all expenses, including travel, housing and meals. International applicants may apply for the program but if accepted will not be guaranteed full scholarship.