Interview Process

All selected applicants will be invited to one of two interview/recruitment weekends scheduled for February 7-8 and February 21-22, 2020. Admissions decisions are made within a few weeks of the interview weekends. Individuals offered admission must notify the program of their decision by April 15, 2020. The start date for admitted students is Fall 2020.

Financial Support

The stipend level is currently $41,200 for the 2020-21 academic year. The stipend level is set annually by the P.I.B.S. Executive Committee after reviewing the cost of living in San Francisco. The program guarantees support for all of its students as long as they are making satisfactory progress toward their degrees although, in most cases, much of the support for senior students is provided by Ph.D. thesis laboratories. The program or Ph.D. thesis laboratory pays required tuition and fees on behalf of students directly to the university.

All entering and first-year students are encouraged to apply for NSF fellowships as well as other fellowships for which individuals might qualify. United States citizens who wish to enter the Program should apply for non-university financial support at the appropriate time so that support can be activated at the time of enrollment. Information about NSF and other fellowships is available from The Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20418 or the web sites of individual funding foundations and agencies. Foreign students should apply for support from appropriate national and international governmental agencies and foundations. In addition, University fellowships and graduate scholarships are available through the University of California. Fellowships with lower stipends than the PIBS support of $41,200 will be supplemented to this level. To facilitate the program's efforts to guarantee full support for its students, all eligible students are expected to become residents of the State of California before beginning their second year of study.

Information for Foreign Students

Foreign students, whose training has been in a language other than English, must take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) in their home countries. Arrangements for the test may be made by writing to the Educational Testing Service. International students who have had training in English are not required the TOEFL.

TOEFL Educational Testing Service 
P.O. Box 592 
Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A.
TOEFL code: 30


UCSF is committed to a diverse and inclusive graduate student population, which enhances the educational experience, the workplace, and the nature of scientific research.