Each year, we receive applications for admission from many more competitive applicants than we are able to accept. Because our program is largely funded by several NIH training grants which are restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, we give priority to domestic applicants and international applicants with fellowships from their home country (see below), before giving consideration to our pool of international applicants that require full financial support from our program. In the past several years, we have offered acceptance with full financial support to only an exceptional few international applicants (less than one out of 30), with preference given to applicants who have graduated from a university in the U.S. or Canada, and who are able to attend an interview session at Georgetown.
The cost of attending the Georgetown Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience for international students, including tuition, fees, and reasonable living expenses, is approximately $75,000 per year for the first two years (more than half of which is tuition). If an outstanding international student is the recipient of a fellowship award from their home country or other agency that covers at least 60% of these expenses for the first two years in the program, it is often possible for our program to make the necessary arrangements to cover the remaining expenses. We strongly encourage all international students to apply for such fellowships and we will be pleased to offer qualified applicants whatever support and endorsement is needed during the fellowship application process (see below).
Our program participates in special partnerships with El Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) to jointly fund Mexican students enrolled in our doctoral program, and with with El Ministerio de Planificación (MIDEPLAN), the national planning agency of the Chilean government, to jointly fund Chilean students enrolled in our doctoral program.