Building the Future.

Van Andel Institute Graduate School develops scientists to be tomorrow’s biomedical research leaders through an intense, problem-focused Ph.D. degree in molecular and cellular biology.


By combining rigorous coursework with extensive laboratory experience under the mentorship of VAI’s expert faculty, the Graduate School prepares students for productive careers in biomedical research and beyond.

The Graduate School’s Ph.D. program was designed to train students to think like scientists through a problem-based approach. After exploring this page, we hope you’ll apply. If you have any questions, you can reach out to our admissions team via email at or call us at (616) 234-5708.

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Become a VAI Graduate Student.

Van Andel Institute Graduate School is accepting applications for Fall 2023.


Doctoral Program

Our Ph.D. program provides students with the resources of a world-class research institute and the support of a close-knit community.

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

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International Students

Van Andel Institute Graduate School provides international students with the rigorous study of a world-class research institute and the support of a small, close-knit community.

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Faculty, Leadership & Staff

Led by Distinguished Scientists and Educators.

Meet the Van Andel Institute faculty and staff who mentor and support students from day one.

Current Students

Meet Our Students

Each cohort brings their unique experiences and strengths to the Graduate School.


Student Life

VAI’s exceptional facilities are situated in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, a fast-growing mid-sized city with a vibrant and supportive community.

Graduate students collaborating in lab
Van Andel graduate student alumni


Van Andel Institute Graduate School Alumni Association

The Van Andel Institute Graduate School Alumni Association supports and connects our alumni and offers mentorship to current students.


Van Andel Institute Graduate School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

This accreditation assures current and prospective students that the Graduate School meets Higher Learning Commission standards of higher education. To maintain accreditation, our programs are continuously reviewed to ensure institutional quality and integrity. The Graduate School was first accredited in 2013 and was reaffirmed in 2018.

For more information regarding our status or affiliations with the Higher Learning Commission, please visit

Our Impact

We're raising thousands to save millions

We’re turning hope into action for the millions of people around the world affected by diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s. Find out how you can help us make a difference.

  • 5.4 yrs VAI Graduate School students’ average time to degree
  • 100% First-Year Retention (2017-2021)
  • 79% Cumulative Graduation Rate