Graduate Training

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The University of Georgia is home to more than 6,200 graduate students and has a total research expenditure in excess of $333 million. A great number of these students are working in the biological and biomedical sciences.

Graduate students enjoy unrestricted access to the immense and diverse resources of UGA and also enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of one of America’s best college towns. Learn more about living in Athens, GA on Visit UGA.

Studying with CTEGD

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Dr. David Peterson with a student

CTEGD is not an academic unit and as such, graduate students cannot apply directly to the Center for training. If you are interested in pursuing your graduate research in a Center lab you have two ways to enter the system.

If you already know you want to study under one of our faculty members you can apply directly to that professor’s home department. You should consider committee requirements of that department. Often a certain number of members must be affiliated with your home department to serve on your committee. While many of our faculty hold adjunct positions to various departments, it is important to check with your home department if you wish for someone outside your department to serve on your committee.

A second option is the Integrated Life Sciences Program (ILS). It is an umbrella program through which students can apply to graduate school at UGA in several CTEGD-related areas. This program is specifically designed for top notch students with interdisciplinary interests. Applying through Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases track of this program could provide a student with the broadest choice of potential CTEGD members in the Departments of Cellular Biology, Infectious Diseases, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Genetics. CTEGD faculty participate in several of the other tracks. It would be wise to discuss with your potential faculty adviser, which track would best meet your needs and goals.

Students studying in a CTEGD laboratory have the opportunity to receive unique fellowships that are administered by the Center.

  1. The NIH T32 training grant in Interdisciplinary Parasitology, Vector Biology, and Emerging Diseases provides up to 2 years of support to pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training.
  2. Our Training in Innovations in Parasitologic Studies (TIPS) Fellowship funds short-term (up to 3 months) international research training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees.

Learn more about CTEGD Fellowships

The Application and Admission Process

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There is a two-step application process:

  1. First, apply to the UGA Graduate School
  2. Apply to the CTEGD faculty member’s academic department OR Apply to the ILS program


For the UGA Graduate School application, you will need to

  • Complete the application form
  • Pay the application fee
  • Provide official transcripts
  • Provide Official GRE scores (UGA, GRE code=5813)
  • If English is NOT your primary language, provide TOEFL/IELTS score

For students who have received acceptance to UGA, Information for New Students at the Graduate School will be useful in getting started.

International Graduate Students will want to visit UGA’s Office of International Education for more information about obtaining a VISA and studying at UGA.

Financial Support

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Dr. Dan Colley with students

Students at UGA are supported by a variety of mechanisms, including University Assistantships, Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, Training Grants and other fellowships. Learn more about fellowships specifically for students studying in CTEGD laboratories.

The level of the stipend is nationally competitive. Exact amounts vary depending on the department, percentage of time and program level. For more information about stipend amounts, please contact your academic department.

Most forms of support include a tuition waiver.