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Welcome to VU-EDGE Ph.D. Pre-VU Recruitment Event 
Application page for 2014!


Vanderbilt's Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Office is charged with providing leadership in the identification, recruitment, and retention of talented Ph.D. students from underrepresented groups.


We welcome the submission of applications from qualified students for this event.  We look forward to receiving your application.



Please ensure that you submit all your application material by 09/12/14 at  9:00 PM central time.



Step 1) Make sure to click on the signup button at the top of the page.


Step 2) Once you complete the signup process, you'll get an email to confirm your registration. Make sure to check your spam box just in case! Please add us to your safe sender list so that you can continue to receive messages from us.


Step 3) Select an application group based on the following:

  • Complete the application for ENGINEERING, If your research interest is 
    • Biomedical engineering,
    • Chemical and biomolecular engineering,
    • Civil engineering,
    • Computer science,
    • Electrical engineering,
    • Environmental engineering,
    • Interdisciplinary materials science, or
    • Mechanical engineering.
  • Complete the application for BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, If your research interest is 
    • Biochemistry,
    • Biological sciences,
    • Biomedical informatics,
    • Biostatistics,
    • Cancer biology,
    • Cell and developmental biology,
    • Cellular and molecular pathology,
    • Chemical and physical biology,
    • Chemistry (with biological applications),
    • Epidemiology,
    • Hearing and speech sciences,
    • Human genetics,
    • Microbiology and immunology,
    • Molecular physiology and biophysics,
    • Neuroscience (molecular studies only. Please choose "Neuroscience" under 
      Social Sciences and Humanities for cognitive studies),
    • Nursing Science, or
    • Pharmacology.


  • Complete the application for PHYSICAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES, If your research interest is 
    • Chemistry,
    • Mathematics, or
    • Physics.

  • Complete the application for SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES, If your research interest is 
    • Anthropology,
    • Community research and action,
    • Economics,
    • English,
    • French,
    • German,
    • History,
    • Law and economics,
    • Leadership and policy studies,
    • Learning, teaching, and diversity,
    • Neuroscience (cognitive studies only. Please choose "Neuroscience" under 
      ​Biological and Biomedical Sciences for molecular studies),
    • Philosophy,
    • Political science,
    • Psychology,
    • Psychology and human development,
    • Religion,
    • Sociology,
    • Spanish,
    • Spanish-Portuguese,
    • Special Education,

For more information about any of these programs, see the "What are the Vanderbilt PhD Programs?" section at


Step 4) Upload all application materials on the site as per the instructions you'll see when you log in.


If you are looking for more information, feel free to visit our website at



If you have any questions about the application process, please contact:

Dr. Don Brunson

Assistant Dean, Vanderbilt Graduate School

If you have any technical questions about how to use the site, please contact and the software application providers can help address your question.