The deadline for all applications is December 1st.

1. Online Application and Fee

Applications must be submitted online. The associated application fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete, and the fee must be paid for each application submitted.

2. Three Letters of Recommendation

All letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically by the referee. The online application will automatically notify the referee and provide instructions on how to submit their letters.

3. Transcripts

UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended. You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. For more details visit 

4. English Language Examination Requirements for International Applicants

UC Davis accepts the below English Language tests and requires the following minimum scores.  

Minimum Score: 80 
Institution Code: 4834
No department code.

Minimum Score: 7.0 on a 9-point scale

Duolingo English Test (Fall 2024)
Minimum Score: 115*

Please be aware these scores are the minimum required by the university for admission.  More information about language testing requirements can be found here:

GRE scores are no longer required for admission consideration.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Application Fee Waiver

The UC Davis Graduate Group in Immunology (GGI) is committed to diversity and inclusion in our student body, workforce, faculty and programs. We recognize the financial burden that the graduate application fee may represent for students, particularly those from underrepresented communities, and its consequences to inclusion within our graduate group.

We have created the GGI Equity Program to provide fee fellowships for 10 applicants, on a competitive basis, to those who are not part of the approved Graduate Preparatory Programs, (where a fee waiver is already included), and who have the potential for leadership towards achieving the group’s goal of improving diversity in biomedical sciences.

Examples of this potential include, but are not limited to:

  • overcoming disadvantages (economic, social or educational)
  • a record of service to advance underserved populations (including tutoring or mentoring)
  • or a research topic that will ultimately assist historically underserved populations

Successful applicants will provide clear examples of how their previous experiences and/or future graduate studies have contributed to and promoted diversity in biological or biomedical sciences.  The GGI Equity Program Fellowship application includes the following:

Statement of Purpose, Personal History and Diversity Statements (can be the same statements you plan to submit in your program application)

Please explain why you are applying for Ph.D. study at UC Davis. Highlight how you came to determine your career goals. Describe why you feel earning a Ph.D. is essential to pursuing your goal.

Please describe how your personal background has informed your decision to pursue a graduate degree and informed your understanding of diversity in the biological or biomedical sciences. Your background may include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities, residency and citizenship, first-generation college status, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within a campus community and your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented and underserved segments of society with your graduate education.

Guidelines prepared for planning and illustrative purposes only.

Apply here for the GGI Equity Program

GGI Equity Program Eligibility and Important Information:

Application fee fellowships provided through this program are available for Domestic Ph.D. applicants who are California residents only. We regret that waivers for M.S. applicants, non-California residents, and international applicants will not be provided.

Domestic, California resident, Ph.D. applicants selected for participation in the GGI Equity Program are eligible for a single application fee fellowship (valued at $135) for Fall 2024 admission. If you are applying to this program, please DO NOT pre-pay your application fee.  Do not submit payment. We cannot offer application fee reimbursements. 

Fee fellowship applications must be submitted by November 20th, 2023 at 11:59 pm PST application deadline for consideration.

Prospective students will be notified as to whether they received the award by November 27, 2023.

The School of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Research and Graduate Education fully funds this program.

For any questions, please contact the GGI Coordinator, Jessica Drushell at