For Prospective Students

For graduate studies in EEES, we seek creative and committed scholars who share our interests in ecology, evolution, ecosystems and society. New students generally enter EEES by joining a specific lab with a pre-identified major advisor. We encourage prospective applicants to communicate directly with one or more individual faculty to explore shared interests and learn about current openings. Applications can be submitted to EEES at any time and Ph.D. programs can begin in any academic term. However, we normally have interviews in January or February, make offers in March, and most new students begin in summer or fall term. For full consideration on this cycle, applicants to the EEB track are encouraged to have their applications complete by 1 December, and applicants to the SEE track by 1 January. See the Opportunities page for some projects currently soliciting applications from prospective graduate students.

To submit an application, please go the Dartmouth Graduate Programs online application site


Our program is for students who are committed to full-time pursuit of a Ph.D. within an environment that is interactive and high energy. Admission is based on appraisal by the EEES Faculty of the applicant’s potential for generating important new knowledge by conducting original research within the areas of ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB track) or sustainability, ecosystems, and environment (SEE track). We especially seek applicants whose natural interests intersect with both tracks. Evaluations of applicants include consideration of previous research experience, communication skills, base knowledge, capacity for intellectual collaboration, and match with the target laboratory and graduate program. Components of the application include: (1) a personal statement describing your professional interests and rationalizing the match between yourself, EEES, and the proposed program of study, (2) your curriculum vitae, including attachments of any publications, (3) letters of recommendation, (4) undergraduate academic record, and (5) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. The general GRE examination is required. The Institution Code for Dartmouth College is 3351 and the Department Code for Ecology is 0207. If there is anything else that you would like to include as part of your application, please let us know and we will facilitate.

It is strongly recommended that applicants directly contact those faculty who they feel share their research interests.  The easiest way is via email.  Not all faculty accept graduate students each year, so communication is key.  Students identify a potential advisor through correspondence and personal interaction during the application and interview process.

All applicants for whom English is not their native language and who have not attended an English-speaking undergraduate institution must provide the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Department Code for the TOEFL test is Biology 35. Applicants may also submit the results of the IELTS exam.

Offers of admission to the graduate program for entrance in the fall term are usually sent in March and with responses requested by 15 April.

The EEES program loves diversity of all kinds. We strongly encourage applications from students who are minorities and / or come from backgrounds that are under-represented in our field.