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American Museum of Natural History: Ph.D. Program in Comparative Biology and Graduate Fellowships Program

(posted 2017-10-04)

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for Fall 2018 admissions to our Ph.D. in Comparative Biology Program at Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History. Details about the program can be found on our website:

The AMNH Ph.D. Program in Comparative Biology is training the next generation of biologists through an integrative approach focused on the history, evolutionary relationships, and interactions among species. It builds on the Museum’s strength and experience in research and training, educating a new generation of scientists to become leaders in understanding the history and diversity of life on Earth and in disseminating their work in ways that will support advances in biological research, human health, biodiversity conservation, and other related fields. This is an accelerated program, designed for students to complete their degrees in four years. The Richard Gilder Graduate School will typically provide full financial support to students matriculating in the Comparative Biology Ph.D. Program.

We also offer Graduate Fellowships for students interested in earning a Ph.D. at one of our partner institutions (Columbia University, CUNY, NYU, Stony Brook and Cornell University), when they are advised by an AMNH curator.

The AMNH Graduate Student Fellowship Program is an educational partnership with selected universities, dedicated to the training of Ph.D. candidates in those scientific disciplines practiced at the Museum. Our current collaborations are with Columbia University, City University of New York (CUNY), Cornell University, Stony Brook University, and New York University (NYU). The host university in which the student enrolls exercises educational jurisdiction over the students and formally awards the degree. In these partnership programs, at least one Museum curator must serve as a graduate advisor, co-major professor or major professor, and adjunct university faculty member. Each student benefits by having the staff and facilities of both the university and the Museum to support his/her training and research. To be eligible for the AMNH Graduate Fellowship, students must apply to both the host University’s Ph.D. program and to the AMNH Graduate Student Fellowships Program. Students already matriculated in a Ph.D. program are not eligible to apply; only new, first-time Ph.D. applicants will be considered.

The applications for both programs can be downloaded directly from our website. Please note that the application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is December 15, 2017.