Learning about Laney Visitation

Learning about Laney | Update

Due to the impact of COVID-19, Learning about Laney will transition to a virtual learning experience. Please see the details below.

Attendees from 2019 Learning About Laney

Program Description

The James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies will host its 2nd Annual Learning about Laney: Virtual Preview Visitation of Emory University, Laney Graduate School. LGS invites promising, highly qualified, prospective doctoral scholars from diverse backgrounds and experiences to virtually explore 35+ programs offered at Emory University.

This visit is designed to familiarize potential LGS scholars with our graduate programs, faculty, staff, and current scholars while providing insight into the life of a PhD scholar. All participants will receive an application fee waiver for doctoral programs in The Graduate School.

The virtual visitation will take place on Monday, September 21 from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT.

Application Deadline

Apply by August 26, 2020.

Program Features

  • Virtually meet Emory faculty and current graduate scholars
  • Learn more about the graduate school admissions process
  • Participate in virtual Diversity, Financial Resources, and Professional Development Workshops

Eligibility Requirements

  • Demonstrate a serious commitment into obtaining a doctoral degree from a Laney Graduate School PhD program.  That interest could be in any of our PhD programs: natural science, biomedical science, public health, social science, humanities, business or nursing.
  • Applicant must be a recent graduate or in their senior/final year of their undergraduate degree. All applicants must graduate no later than Summer 2021, and anticipate enrollment in graduate school in Fall 2021.
  • Applicants must be US citizens, permanent residents or DACA recipients. Undocumented scholars are welcomed to apply.
  • Prior research experience in desired field is required.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale
  • Scholars who are African American or Black, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, OR who participated in a NIH- RISE, NIH-IMSD, Mellon Mays, McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, OR who are first-generation college scholars who participated in Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunities Centers, or similar programs along with scholars from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges are strongly encouraged to apply.


The strongest applicants for graduate study will have a clear sense of how and why each specific program is a good fit for their intended work. Learning about Laney is intended to help you gain a clearer picture of this, but as you prepare your application, we suggest looking carefully at our degree programs and faculty and indicating which you are most interested in. To that end, the application limits you to be able to pick ONE PhD program of interest.

Interdisciplinary work is encouraged at Emory University, but determining which department offers the primary methodological and research foci that best suit your interests will strengthen your application. In addition, it will allow us to match you with the appropriate faculty and current scholars during your virtual visit. If you have questions about our programs, we encourage you to contact us at laney.edge@emory.edu.

Application Timeline

August 26-September 8: Committee reviews applications

September 9-10: Applicants are notified of their selection/denial

September 11: Selected applicants must accept or deny offer

September 21: 2020 Learning about Virtual Laney Preview Visitation

Application Checklist

To apply, you will need these items:

  • A statement describing your current academic or professional goals as they relate to your interest in graduate study. This statement should specifically mention the programs of study at Emory in which you are interested, as well as faculty members whose work is of particular interest to you (max 500 words).
  • A current CV / Resume
  • A  transcript

These items are uploaded through the application form.  Note:  Because the form asks for file attachments, you will need to sign in to your Google account to use it.  If you do not have a Google account, you can create one for free.  If you do not wish to create one, contact us for a work-around.

Submit your application no later than August 26, 2020.

If timing doesn’t work out for you to attend, please consider applying to Laney Graduate School at Emory University!

**We anticipate very high demand for this program. Not being admitted to Learning about Laney does not determine your admission to LGS.**