Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Scholars

The 2018 RFA is now closed. Stay tuned for 2019.

As part of efforts to increase the diversity and accessibility of graduate studies in ecology and evolutionary biology, Princeton EEB encourages students to apply to the EEB Scholars Program, in which talented students (EEB Scholars) will be selected from a national applicant pool and invited to Princeton University for a weekend program designed to give them the tools to confidently apply to graduate schools, as well as familiarize them with Princeton's own department.  The program will focus on the graduate application process, connecting with EEB faculty and students, and highlighting Scholars’ academic achievements. Students with backgrounds historically underrepresented in STEM are particularly encouraged to apply to this scholastic program.

Our department is committed to increasing the presence and visibility of students with exceptional ability and promise who will bring a diversity of viewpoints and cultures to STEM fields generally, and who have demonstrated an interest in and passion for research in EEB specifically. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, and supportive community of scientists is critical to our mission. This program is part of a larger effort to build and support such a scientific community.

Program Overview

The 2018 EEB Scholars Program will be held October 4-7, 2018.  Scholars will arrive on Thursday October 4 and depart Sunday October 7, with programming scheduled for October 5 and 6.  Scholars will stay with current EEB graduate students and all meals will be covered for the duration of the program.  Additionally, each scholar will receive up to $600 for travel and related costs. 

EEB Scholars will tour the University and attend workshops on the graduate school application and interview process, meet one-on-one with faculty members, and interact with current graduate students.  Scholars will also have the opportunity to present a poster on their prior research and to hear highlights from graduate students about their research. This program is an excellent way to preview Princeton and gain insights into the process of applying to graduate school.


This program is designed for students applying to graduate school this upcoming fall or in the near future (current juniors, seniors, and recent college graduates). We especially encourage students from underrepresented minorities and developing nations to apply, as well as those inhabiting other axes of diversity. Students attending Minority Serving Institutions (such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities), first-generation students, and undocumented students are particularly invited to apply.

Application Timeline

Application opens: April 5, 2018                
Application closes: July 15, 2018 (11:59pm EST)
Applicants notified: August 20, 2018

The application consists of a 1-page personal statement, CV/resumé, transcript, and two letters of recommendation (see instructions below). In your personal statement we would like you to share how your personal and academic experiences have motivated you to pursue a PhD in EEB, and to reflect on how you may bring a unique perspective to the scientific community.

Please note the online form does not allow you to save your information.  If you begin your application and close your browser, you will need to re-enter your information and upload your documents again.  


Instructions for Recommenders

Letter writers should e-mail their letters directly to, with their student's last name in the subject line. Please include the student's last name in the document's file name as well.


Q: Is this an interview for admission to the EEB Department at Princeton?
A: No, the EEB Scholars program is meant to provide talented potential graduate students an engaging, no-stakes preview of the opportunities at Princeton University and our EEB Department. Those who successfully apply and receive admission to the EEB Scholars Program will still need to apply separately to the PhD program later that fall if they wish to enroll as a graduate student here. Please note that application to or participation in the EEB Scholars Program does not alter the subsequent graduate school application and admission processes.

Q: Do I need to submit an official transcript with my application?
A: For the initial online application, an unofficial transcript is fine. Those applicants advancing to the final stages of the selection process will be asked to submit an official copy.

Q: How do I submit my letters of recommendation?
A: Instructions for submitting letters of recommendation can be found above: Letter writers should submit their letters of recommendation directly to Please ask your letter writers to include your full name in the e-mail subject line.

Q: I am interested in applying to Princeton EEB for graduate school.  How do I apply?
A: Information is available on the Admission & Financial Support webpage. To apply to EEB you will need to apply through The Graduate School.    

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