Program Details & FAQs

Program Details

The EEB Scholars Program offers a personalized experience, allowing EEB Scholars to interact with EEB faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers in academic and social activities as well as participate in workshops where knowledge specific to applying to EEB programs will be presented and discussed.  The program typically takes place in October.   

Alongside the EEB Scholars Program, scholars will be invited (no application required) to participate in the Princeton EEB Mentors Program.  The goal of EEB Mentors is to match scholars interested in applying to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate programs with current Princeton EEB graduate students who can help them navigate the process of applying to graduate school by providing feedback on graduate school and/or funding application materials and insight into contacting faculty, applying, interviewing, and choosing schools.  EEB Mentors was piloted in 2020 and EEB Scholars is pleased to be able to continue this successful and enriching offering in 2021.  

Acceptance into the EEB Scholars Program will assume automatic participation in the Graduate School’s Prospective Ph.D. Preview (P3) program, which usually coincides with EEB Scholars program dates.  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. Please note:  applicants who are interested in becoming an EEB Scholar should only apply to the EEB Scholars application, they will not be required to also apply to the P3 Program application.  If applicants are interested in other departments at Princeton and not EEB, then they should apply directly to the P3 program website 

The EEB Scholars-specific programming format will be forthcoming later this spring, but may include:

  • Stay with an EEB graduate student during your visit
  • Attend small-group faculty meetings: 
    • Scholars meet with 2-3 faculty members to gain faculty perspectives of the field
  • Experience a Mock Interview:
    • Gain valuable interview skills and tools through a mock interview, including feedback, with a Princeton EEB faculty member.
  • Poster Session
    • Showcase your prior research to the department (faculty, students, postdocs, and close department collaborators) in a relaxed setting  
  • Attend EEB-specific workshops on topics such as, “Applying to Graduate School” and “How to enhance your CV and Personal Statement”
  • Socialize with EEB graduate students at group meals and social activities, including a local outing
  • Get to know EEB faculty at a small reception
  • Go on a campus and department tour with EEB graduate students


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: I am interested in applying to Princeton EEB for graduate school.  How do I apply? What is the deadline?

A: Information is available on the Admission & Financial Support webpage. To apply to EEB you will need to apply through The Graduate School. The deadline to apply to the EEB graduate program is typically December 1st or December 15th; check back in the early fall to confirm. 

Q:  How can I best prepare my personal statement for the EEB Scholars Program so that I can showcase my achievements and interests?

A: The personal statement should include information that will highlight an applicant’s personal and professional experiences and goals. You should discuss your academic interests and aspirations, and how your academic or research experiences have shaped these interests. What would you like to study in a PhD program? What research questions are you interested in answering, or are you answering currently?

We understand that as budding scientists, applicants will come from a range of backgrounds with varying research experience. A lack of previous opportunities will not affect your chances of being selected for the program, your personal statement is an opportunity to share what drives your passion for science and how you believe participating in the EEB Scholars program will benefit you. 

Q:  If the restrictions of the COVID-19 situation persist, how will this impact the EEB Scholars Program?

A: As the COVID-19 situation develops, we will continue to follow the guidance of Princeton University. If this means that we are unable to host the program on-campus, we will make arrangements for activities to be moved to virtual platforms such as Zoom. 

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