Graduate Programs



St. Jude provides opportunities for selected graduate students in both foreign and domestic educational programs to study with faculty mentors at both the master and doctoral levels. Academic credit is optional.


Experiential Learning Internships

Scientific inquiry and translational research along with related support areas lend themselves extremely well to this pedagogical model of instruction. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital along with the Academic Programs Office is committed to developing and supporting Experiential Learning Internships that are clearly defined as learning strategies, have an emphasis on defined experience, reflection, and application stages and contain some form of review or assessment by an appropriately credentialed advisor.

For more information regarding a specific program, an experiential learning internship, or for setting up an affiliation agreement with a college or university, contact: APO.Predoctoral.Programs@stjude.org


International Research Scholars

International Research Scholars are graduate students from institutions outside of the United States who perform their thesis research at St. Jude under the guidance of a St. Jude faculty mentor. They typically receive a stipend from St. Jude that is approved annually by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital administration.

The PhD is awarded by the home institution. Scholars have already been formally accepted into an accredited graduate program and must adhere to the regulations and requirements of that program. The Graduate Education Oversight Committee (GEOC) provides supervision for acceptance, policies, and procedures for the International Research Scholars.


University of Paris – Diderot

Since 2002, students have traveled to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from the University of Paris – Diderot as a part of their master’s level curriculum. Students are paired with faculty and receive training in a lab over the course of five months, while working on their individual projects. They receive academic credit, a research stipend, and internship experience.

The Paris program at St. Jude is directed by Dr. Martine Roussel, Endowed Chair of Molecular Oncology, Co-Leader, Cancer Genetics, Biochemistry and Cell Biology Program in the St. Jude Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Member, Department of Tumor Cell Biology.

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University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences

Graduate students may pursue a PhD at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences based at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. (Apply to UTHSC Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program.) Students perform their course work at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and may undertake laboratory rotations and doctoral research at St. Jude, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, or the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The degree is awarded by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. (Download our brochure.)

STUDENT PROFILES
Tamara Advedissian Tamara Advedissian
University of Paris-Diderot, Paris, France, Mentor- Dr. Martine Roussel, Tumor Cell Biology

"Working at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was a fantastic experience. I had the opportunity to do research with a very good scientist, meet very nice people, and evolve in a stimulating environment."
Joy BianchiJoy Bianchi
University of Paris-Diderot, Paris, France, Mentor-Dr. William Evans, Pharmaceutical Sciences

"My internship at St Jude was an amazing experience for me, from both a personal and professional point of view! I have learned a lot of things next to incredible people in a very enriching environment. The time spent here surrounded by powerful researchers strengthened my thoughts to continue in a research career myself!”
Ulku CuhadarUlku Cuhadar
University of Paris-Diderot, Paris, France, Mentor-Dr. Peter Murray, Infectious Diseases

“Working at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been a great experience. St. Jude has a positive energy which makes you happy every morning when you start to work. It also reminds you how important research is for the advancement of pediatric medicine. If I could repeat this experience, I would definitely do it again!”
Manon FortierManon Fortier
University of Paris-Diderot, Paris, France, Mentor-Dr. Kevin Freeman, Oncology

“The St. Jude exchange program allowed me to work in amazing conditions. Doing my internship within St Jude Children’s Research Hospital was very stimulating and I could see a direct application of research. I met wonderful people and will never forget this experience.”
Ludovic GautLudovic Gaut
University of Paris-Diderot, Paris, France, Mentor-Dr. Shannon McKinney-Freeman

“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital gave me the opportunity to conduct research with great scientists and for an important cause. I will never forget it.”
Djihad HadjadjDjihad Hadjadj
University of Paris-Diderot, Paris, France, Mentors-Drs. Richard Gilbertson and Kip Guy

“The graduate student training at St. Jude allows me to participate in the cutting edge research in biomedical sciences. It also gives me the opportunity to work with the real scientists who are solving the puzzles of life and making it better. It inspires me to be one of them in the future.”
Stefan GajewskiStefan Gajewski
International Research Scholar, Dr. Stephen White's lab

“St. Jude is a truly fascinating place for graduate students. Scientists from every field in biological research work here next to each other. Whether you have a new idea or a simple question, a first-hand expert is often only one corridor away.”
Joseph MertzJoseph Mertz
Emory PhD Student, Dr. Junmin Peng’s lab

“St. Jude provides a great environment for learning how to perform cutting edge research, and why that research matters. The institution is pervaded by a sense of purpose, and you see that in every person you come across - whether it be the high quality shared resources within the institution, or the truly congenial atmosphere among colleagues. I will always be grateful for my opportunity to work here, and am constantly motivated to make the most of it.”
Tha'er AlmomaniTha’er Almomani
UTHSC Nursing Research PhD Student, Dr. Belinda Mandrell

“Working on my PhD research at St. Jude is a dream that came true. I’m very lucky to work with a motivated and experienced team at one of the few hospitals that supports extensive and collaborative nursing research. I hope this opportunity will open new windows for my future research career.”
Tarsha Harris
UTHSC IPBS Student, Dr. Maureen McGargill’s lab

"It is an honor and blessing to have the opportunity to conduct graduate research at one of the most renowned institutions in the world. The guidance and support from my mentor and other knowledgeable faculty, coupled with access to the most current and cutting edge technologies via St. Jude’s many core facilities, has granted me exciting research and learning experiences."
Hannah HensonHannah Henson
UTHSC IPBS Student, Dr. Michael Taylor's lab

"Working towards my Ph.D. as a UTHSC student at St. Jude has allowed me to accomplish goals I never would have thought possible as a graduate student. It is very rewarding to know that the research performed at St. Jude benefits not only patients here, but also worldwide.”
Hong WangHong Wang
UTHSC IPBS Student, Dr. Junmin Peng’s lab

“Being here at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital working in biomedical sciences with the most talented scientists and the most cutting edge techniques is really fascinating. I am so proud to say that I am a UTHSC PhD student based out of a lab at St. Jude.”
Yinan WuYinan Wu
UTHSC IPBS Student, Dr. Stephen White's lab

“The graduate student training at St. Jude allows me to participate in the cutting edge research in biomedical sciences. It also gives me the opportunity to work with the real scientists who are solving the puzzles of life and making it better. It inspires me to be one of them in the future.”