KSU/Cleveland Clinic Collaborative Doctoral Program

The Program

Kent State University and the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic maintain a cooperative graduate training program leading to the doctoral degree in biomedical sciences. Together, both institutions offer world-class facilities to support the most modern training opportunity for students interested in research careers in the biomedical disciplines. Graduate students can benefit from the expertise, experience and facilities of an outstanding faculty and staff that are nationally and internationally known for their research and teaching capabilities.

Academic Opportunity

We offer training focused on the elucidation of processes related to the biochemistry and pathobiology of diseases. Students may be admitted to the program through the Cellular and Molecular Biology Program. All students participate in an integrated curriculum designed to impart an in-depth understanding of the major discipline, as well as the interests of the student and advisor. The accomplished faculty, and the combined resources of the consortial universities, afford students the opportunity for first-rate training in a modern research setting.

Financial Assistance

Qualified students are offered full financial support in the form of research or graduate assistantships. Kent offers 12 month graduate appointments to all qualified students. Students admitted to the doctoral program are eligible to receive an annual stipend up to $23,000, as well a tuition waiver and subsidized health insurance.  Awards are made on a competitive basis and renewed annually for up to five years, as long as the student remains in good academic standing.

Application and Admission

Interested students must apply on-line through this website via a link on the opening page. Admission is competitive. Application to the KSU/Cleveland Clinic program must be requested in the letter of purpose provided with the application. Specific information concerning the admission process for domestic or international students can be found at Kent State's Office of Admissions.

The Environment

The first semesters are spent on the Kent State campus in Kent, Ohio. Kent State University lies in a semi-rural setting 45 minutes southeast of Cleveland. Kent enrolls over 25,000 students, including a graduate student population of more than 5,000 students. Students admitted into this program rotate through labs at the Lerner Research Institute during their first summer, then are matched with an advisor at the Clinic, which is located in Cleveland, Ohio, about 40 miles north of Kent. Although this involves some transportation issues, the Cleveland Clinic offers a world-class research environment and scientist advisors with national and international reputations.

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