Application Checklist

Applications are not considered complete until all of the following components are received.  Follow up on the status of your application through TargetX to verify that we have received all components.


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.  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 stating which letters have or have not been received.


2. Submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.  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.  More information regarding transcripts can be found here.  For sending official transcripts, use the following addresses:

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

For United States Postal Service
UAB Grad School
1720 2nd Avenue South
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 Language test scores can be found here.

TOEFL Institution Code: 1856


4. Submit application fee payment of $50 for domestic applicants and $60 for international applicants.

The application fee will be waived for students affected by the hurricane in Puerto Rico.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Students participating in one of the following programs may be eligible for an application fee waiver.  In the application you will have the opportunity to indicate you participated in one or more of these programs, and you will be asked to upload documentation of your participation.  This can be in the form of a memo, email, certificate, or other documentation showing your participation.

• 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