Prospective Students


Take the first steps toward your future today

Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS) trains today’s students to be tomorrow’s scientific leaders through an innovative, scientifically rigorous and inquiry-based Ph.D. program in molecular and cellular biology. Housed within Van Andel Research Institute, a world-class biomedical research organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Graduate School offers students an exceptional scientific education, mentorship by experienced faculty members and exposure to the full spectrum of research, from basic research in the lab to translation to the clinic.

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Learn how to start your journey to a Ph.D.

International students

VAIGS welcomes students from around the world.

Program components

The Graduate School’s program uses an innovative, inquiry-based approach to address its core competencies — knowledge, research, translation and innovation, and ethical and professional practices.

Cost and financial aid

The Graduate School offers a strong financial support package for its students.

Physician-scientist training

Students can earn their Ph.D. from the Graduate School and their M.D. from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine or Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.


Michigan State University graduate students can complete their dissertation work in Van Andel Research Institute laboratories.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

UNCF and the Graduate School work together to recruit and train the next generation of biomedical research leaders.