Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP)

Criteria and Application Requirements



SSRP applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories; and
  • Sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies).
  • Students who, by reason of their culture, class, race, ethnicity, disability, background, work and life experiences, and/or skills and interests would bring diversity (broadly defined) to graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences.

Applicants must also have:

  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above; and
  • An interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.

The program especially encourages applications from African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others whose backgrounds and experiences would bring diversity to the field.

High school students are ineligible for SSRP; to see a list of summer programs at Stanford for high school students, click here

Students interested in summer internships at Stanford in the social sciences, humanities, and engineering may want to explore opportunities offered by the Leadership Alliance. Please click here for more information.

Students who have already completed their undergraduate work are ineligible for the SSRP. To obtain a summer internship at Stanford, we advise you to contact faculty with whom you may be interested in working. Many faculty hire students to help in their laboratories over the summer. You are welcome to explore our faculty research directory at and our Biosciences Brochure at

Please also visit our FAQ section for additional information regarding eligibility.

Application Requirements and Placement

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Online applications to the Stanford Summer Research Program will be accepted from November 1 until the application deadline of February 1.

A completed online application includes the following documents that you will upload to the application:

All documents must be included in the online application for an application to be considered complete. Students will be notified about the status of their applications in March.

With over two hundred faculty in the basic sciences, Stanford offers a very wide range of research opportunities. To help place students in labs that best match their interest, students are asked to list up to three of their top research area interests in the online application. Several criteria will be used in determining the laboratory match for each accepted applicant. Laboratory placements will be made based on: prior research experience, areas of interest as indicated on the application, course background, and the availability of suitable projects and mentors.

We strongly encourage applicants to review the research being conducted at Stanford by exploring our department webpages.


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