Application Checklist

All of the following items are due by the application deadline.  Monitor the status of your application in TargetX to verify that we have received all components.  Note: Transcripts uploaded to your application have to be reviewed and verified before they will be marked as "complete," and this review is typically done one to three business days after application submission.


1. Complete and submit an online application via TargetX. The application must include:

• Personal statement/essay: Use this component to tell the admissions committee about yourself, your research experience, the area of research you are interested, which researchers at UAB you are interested in, and anything else you want to discuss. This would also be the place to address any gaps or inconsistencies in your timeline.

• Resume or curriculum vitae

• Three letters of recommendation: Reference letters should be from professionals who are in a position to provide appropriate input on the applicant’s suitability to be successful in a Ph.D. program.  Emails will be sent to the identified recommenders with instructions for submitting the letters.  See a sample email here (pdf).  Letters must be received by the application deadline.  After you submit your application, you will see a checklist in TargetX showing when letters have been received.


2. Submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including community colleges and high school dual-enrollment.  Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the application review process, and they can be uploaded directly to your application.  If offered admission, official transcripts from each institution will be required.  For sending official transcripts, use the following addresses:

For United States Postal Service
UAB Graduate School
1720 2nd Ave. S.
Birmingham AL 35294-0013

For UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.
UAB Graduate School
1700 University Boulevard
Birmingham AL 35294-0013

For those schools that use email, use This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


3. Submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTEA score (international applicants only).  Scores must be no more than two years old at the time of application submission.  Unofficial scores are accepted for the application review process.  If offered admission, official scores will be required.  More information regarding English proficiency exams can be found here.

TOEFL Institution Code: 1856


4. Submit application fee:

• Domestic Applicants: FREE before priority application deadline, $50* after.

• International Applicants: $60*


*Students participating in one of the following programs may be eligible for an application fee waiver:

• ABRCMS - Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
• California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
• Emerging Researchers National Conference
• Emory STEM Research and Career Symposium
• Fisk to Vanderbilt Bridge Program
• Gates Millennium Scholars
• GEM - National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Sciences
• Graduate Horizon for Native American Students
• Hopps Research Scholars Program
• IMDS - Initiative for Maximizing Student Development
• IRT - Institute for Recruitment of Teachers
• LSAMP - Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
• MARC - Minority Access to Research Careers
• McNair Scholars
• MMUF - Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship
• NIH Graduate Professional School Fair
• NNE - National Name Exchange
• PREP - NIH funded Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program
• RISE - Research Initiative for Maximizing Student Development
• SACNAS - Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
• SPIN - Summer Program in Neuroscience
• UNCF - United Negro College Fund

To get a fee waiver, follow these steps:

  1. In your application, indicate that you participated in one or more of these programs.
  2. Upload documentation of your participation.  This can be in the form of a memo, email, certificate, or other documentation showing your participation.
  3. After submitting your application, if you are taken to a payment screen write "Fee Waiver" in the coupon code section.
  4. In one to three business days the Graduate School will review your proof of participation to verify your eligibility for the waiver. Monitor your checklist in TargetX to see whether the fee waiver is approved or if additional documentation is needed.