Graduate Studies at UF Scripps

Earn your PhD in Jupiter, Florida

Launchpad for Great Science Careers

Acceptance into our doctoral program is the first step toward high-impact careers in biomedical research. You’ll ask hard questions, gather data and publish research while working in state-of-the-art laboratories alongside leaders in their fields.

Neuroscientist Damon Page, Ph.D. and graduate student Jenna Levy go over images from a recent study on a genetic cause of autism.

Important Dates

  • December 1 — Application Deadline
  • December 15 — Three letters of recommendation or more due
  • December to February, 2023 — Interview invitations sent
  • Late February to early March, 2023 — Admissions decisions are sent
  • April 15, 2023 — Decision day

Program Details

Graduate students at UF Scripps Biomedical Research in Jupiter, Florida earn their Ph.D. from the Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California, while having access to outstanding clinical, research and academic expertise at the University of Florida.

The Skaggs Graduate School program is ranked ninth in the nation in biological sciences overall—sixth in organic chemistry, sixth in biochemistry and sixth in chemistry. It offers the opportunity to attend classes taught by Nobel laureates; members of the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine and Engineering, and pioneers in RNA drug discovery, natural products chemistry, and neuroscience.

Working at the Jupiter, Florida campus means you will have access to leading biomedical research technologies including cryo-electron microscopy; robotic high-throughput molecular screening, one of the world’s fastest academic supercomputers, including artificial intelligence resources. The campus is also home to one of the world’s largest collections of bacterial natural products, a historic collection on track to become a leading repository of curated bacterial genomes, available for your exploration and discovery.

 Your faculty mentors at UF Scripps share your passion for accomplishing big things. They pursue original research that addresses significant biomedical questions. They excel across multiple fields of basic and translational science, in areas including chemistry, neuroscience, immunology, microbiology, structural biology, drug discovery, information sciences, and enabling technologies

The program is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Learn more here.

Admission is highly competitive, with a 22% acceptance rate as of the 2020 cycle. The student body as of 2020 consisted of 302 students across both campuses: La Jolla, California and Jupiter, Florida. The program is dedicated to inclusion of students from diverse backgrounds.

Damon Page, Ph.D.

Damon Page, Ph.D.

Letter from the Associate Dean

Greetings from the beautiful campus of UF Scripps Biomedical Research. I’m pleased you’re interested in learning more about our unique graduate program, where word-class science is done only a few miles from the tropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Here you’ll find access to the best of both Scripps Research, our founders, and the University of Florida, our parent organization. We are committed to providing broad, foundational training in the biomedical sciences in an environment that is curiosity-driven, inclusive and innovative. I encourage you to start by exploring the research programs of our faculty, and reaching out and asking questions of any of us. It’s a collegial, collaborative campus where you get the benefits of learning from a global bioscience powerhouse within a top-5 public university.

How to Apply

Skaggs Graduate School

Apply by Dec. 1

In addition to completing an online application, all applicants are asked to submit a written statement, transcripts and at least three letters of recommendation.