EEB Scholars Program

The 2022 EEB Scholars Program Application is now closed. Please check back Spring 2023 for more information about our 2023 application. 

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 this program, talented students (EEB Scholars) will be selected from a competitive applicant pool and invited to participate in a series of academic and social activities designed to give them the tools to confidently apply to graduate schools, as well as familiarize them with the Princeton EEB 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.

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.

EEB Scholars

Program Overview

EEB Scholars will be invited to Princeton's campus to attend workshops on the graduate school application and interview process, meet with faculty members, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers in small group meetings, gain practical experience by participating in mock interviews, and present a poster on their prior and ongoing research.

Additionally, EEB Scholars will be invited to participate in EEB Mentors, a new initiative launched in 2020 that matches applicants with current Princeton EEB graduate students for the purpose of helping scholars navigate the process of applying to graduate school. The EEB Scholars and EEB Mentors programs are both
excellent ways to preview Princeton and gain insights into the process of applying to graduate school in general.

The EEB Scholars Program is in partnership with Princeton University's Graduate School's Prospective Ph.D. Preview (P3) program. P3 is designed for prospective students to gather general information on graduate education at Princeton University and learn about the resources, such as financial and extracurricular opportunities, available to students applying to any field of study at Princeton. 

The Princeton University Graduate School waives application fees for EEB Scholars participants. Click here for more information.

Click here for more details and frequently asked questions.

Click here to find out what past Scholars have to say about the program!


This program is designed for students interested in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology who will be applying to graduate school this upcoming fall or in the near future. This includes current undergraduates, recent college graduates, current Masters students, and recent Masters graduates. We expect the EEB Scholars cohort to typically include 10 domestic (US) students and 2 international students.

We especially encourage students from underrepresented minorities and developing nations, as well as those inhabiting other axes of diversity, to apply. 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.


The 2022 EEB Scholars Application is now closed. Please check back Spring 2023 for more information about our 2023 EEB Scholars Program Application. 

The EEB Scholars application is hosted on the same platform as Princeton's Prospective Ph.D. Preview (P3) application. Once you click on the link, you will be asked to create an account to begin the Fall 2022 P3 application. This is the same as the EEB Scholars application, and you are in the right place! Please be sure to select "Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/EEB Scholars" when asked "What Princeton University department are you interested in?" in the "Field of Study Selection" section of the application. Once you make this selection, the application platform will prompt you to answer a few EEB Scholars specific questions.
You will be required to upload a personal statement, a resume/CV, an unofficial academic transcript and one letter of recommendation, preferably from a faculty member. Please tailor your personal statement to discuss both personal and professional interests and aspirations within the field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, how your academic, research or personal experiences have shaped these interests, and how taking part in the 2022 EEB Scholars Program will help you achieve your goals. Please see our FAQs for more information on the program, personal statement and application.

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      Graduate Student Coordinators: Erin Phillips and Arthur Menezes