PhD Student

Van Andel Institute Graduate School
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Generous Stipend, health insurance, annual travel allowance
September 11 2017
Organization Type
Job Type
PhD Fellowship

Van Andel Institute Graduate School

PhD in Cell and Molecular Genetics

Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS) offers an intense, uniquely focused PhD degree program in cell and molecular genetics. The PhD Program at VAIGS provides graduate students with a rigorous, problem-based curriculum combined with the opportunity to conduct ambitious and rewarding cutting-edge research in laboratories led by the Institute’s expert faculty. At VAIGS, we prepare students for productive careers in biomedical research and aim to train the scientific leaders of tomorrow. The program thrives within state-of-the-art LEED-certified facilities and the vibrant scientific community of Van Andel Research Institute, with access to world-class core technology support facilities and fruitful collaborations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and around the world. Grand Rapids is a beautiful and lively city that offers enrichment in culture, city life as well as nature and recreation.

VAIGS invites students from around the world to apply to our PhD Program. Admissions criteria include a strong foundation in genetics, cell and molecular biology, substantial prior research experience, and a passion for biomedical research to improve human health and well-being.

Areas of study include:

  • Cancer cell biology
  • Epigenetics and epigenomics in health and disease
  • Molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease
  • Structural biology
  • Musculoskeletal disease

Key features of our PhD Program include:

  • Outstanding faculty and research cores
  • World-class laboratories and facilities
  • A curriculum centered on an innovative problem-based learning approach
  • Professional development skills, mentorship and networking
  • Low student to faculty ratio and time-to-degree
  • Fellowship support including stipend, benefits and conference budget for five years of study

The application deadline is December 1, 2017. Early application is recommended. Interviews will be held in early 2018.

VAIGS participates in the BioMedCAS admissions application system.  BioMedCAS charges a $95 processing fee for the application to the first school and $45 for each additional school. To request a waiver of the processing fee for VAIGS, send an email to

For further details on research areas, eligibility and how to apply, refer to: