Who can apply for the specialization?

The specialization is currently available to Ph.D. students in the following departments.

  • Bioengineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • NanoEngineering
  • Neurosciences
  • Physics 

Students accepted into the specialization may be eligible to receive support through the NIH National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) T32 Graduate Research Training Grant that was officially awarded by the NIH in March, 2009. Training grant fellowships often have the following citizenship information requirements: 

Kirschstein-NRSA trainees and institutional career development scholars must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible. Trainees or scholars in these programs who are permanent residents of the U.S. must submit a notary’s signed statement with this appointment form certifying that they have (1) A Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I - 551), or (2) other legal verification of such status.

How do you apply?

The application process requires that you:

  • Are currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program of a participating graduate program/department
  • Complete the Google form Application (link provided below) which includes providing GPA/GRE scores from your application to UC San Diego, and be in "Good Academic Standing" as defined by UC San Diego Graduate Division
  • Describe how your research interests are relevant to the Program theme of Multi-Scale Biology
  • Submit your Curriculum Vitae
  • Submit letters of recommendation

The next Admissions cycle and review of applications will begin in Spring 2023 for the academic year 2023-24. The application form will be posted here at that time.


The Interfaces Program Steering Committee meets between the Spring and Summer Quarters to review all applications and make admissions/training grant fellowship decisions. It is expected that applicants to the specialization will receive Steering Committee award information before July 31st. The official academic start date of the program is Fall Quarter. New and continued NIH training grant funding may begin as early as September 1st.

General Information on Progress and Renewal Application

All current Interfaces students are asked to submit annual progress reports. These materials will serve to assess current progress and are the official review material for the Steering Committee funding decisions.