National Track

National Track Frequently Asked Questions

What applications do I have to submit in order to apply to the National Track?

To apply to the  National Track, you must submit applications to one or more PhD program in the social sciences at the University of Chicago and a separate application to the National Track via the Center for Health and the Social Sciences (CHeSS) website.

Will I have to take any standardized tests?

Almost certainly. Most PhD programs in the social sciences require submission of GRE scores. Applicants need to check the application requirements of the University graduate programs to which they plan to apply.

Can I apply to the National Track if I am enrolled in a medical school outside of Chicago?

Yes. We welcome applicants from any medical school in the United States. Accepted students must be able to relocate to Chicago for the years they are enrolled in a PhD program. 

Can I apply to more than one PhD program?

Absolutely. In fact, if more than one PhD program seems to be relevant to your interests, you are encouraged to apply to multiple PhD programs. This may improve your chances of acceptance to a PhD program and will provide more opportunities to receive a desirable financial aid package for your PhD studies. Please list all the PhD programs to which you are applying on the National Track application.

Can I apply to a PhD program outside of the quantitative social sciences?

Current funding for the  National Track supports students primarily interested in the quantitative social sciences. You are welcome to apply on your own to any PhD programs of interest in the humanities or qualitative social sciences, although you will not be eligible for National Track funding. You are also welcome to contact CHeSS for guidance during the MD-PhD application process.

How do I apply to MeSH at the Pritzker School of Medicine?

To apply to MeSH at the Pritzker School of Medicine, you must follow the instructions on the Pritzker School of Medicine website to submit your application. You must apply separately to any PhD program(s) of interest. 

I’m a prospective medical student. Could I apply to to both MeSH at the Pritzker School of Medicine and the National Track?

Yes. You will need to follow the instructions for on the Pritzker School of Medicine website to apply to MeSH at the Pritzker School of Medicine and apply to any social science PhD program(s) of interest at the University of Chicago. You will also need to apply to the National Track on the CHeSS website.