St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

An extraordinary PhD program at one of the world's premier research and treatment centers for pediatric cancer and childhood disease.

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A PhD from the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is like no other. With leading-edge science, unparalleled resources, and unique clinical experience, our graduate program is designed to create scientific leaders who will discover the next generation of cures.

Our innovative curriculum is for independent students who thrive in an interactive, challenging and creative research environment. Doctoral research can be pursued in diverse areas with top basic and translational research faculty. Beyond our global leadership in pediatric oncology, St. Jude has superb programs in infectious diseases, genetic and blood disorders, drug discovery and international medicine.

Clinical care experience is a fundamental component of the program. Students interact extensively with medical experts and follow St. Jude patients from the beginning of their first year.

Throughout training, students are supported by generous benefits, extraordinary core facilities, and a collaborative, close-knit environment — all in the heart of the vibrant, musical city of Memphis.

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We welcome talented applicants from diverse scientific backgrounds. Learn more about eligibility, important dates and how to apply.

We offer PhD students a highly competitive stipend, excellent benefits and exceptional support for their research. 

Our Graduate School faculty includes leading scientists and clinical investigators from diverse research areas. Find out more about who you’ll be working with.

As a student, you will experience a curriculum that has been thoughtfully designed to meet the specific needs of modern biomedical research. Browse our catalog and discover more about what makes us unique.

St. Jude is located in Memphis, Tennessee, and is part of a robust network of medical universities and hospitals. Learn more about our culture and where you fit in.

Our students make up the backbone of the research being conducted at St. Jude. Meet your future classmates and learn more about their scientific achievements.

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