Graduate Program

Graduate study in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University leads to the Ph.D. degree. Incoming students may select their advisors from several faculty members working in a wide range of areas. Students also benefit from interactions with members of other programs and departments within the University, especially the graduate programs in Molecular and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Neuroscience, Applied Mathematics and Geological Sciences, Engineering, and Computer Science.

Independent research begins early in the graduate program, which is designed to prepare students for careers in research and higher education. Each student develops a flexible course of preparation individually arranged to meet his or her specific needs. In addition to course work, students receive much of their training through seminars and colloquia. Seminars each semester address topics of particular interest to current graduate students, and weekly colloquia in each of the graduate programs on campus give students contact with visiting scientists from a wide variety of disciplines.

The Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is intended for highly qualified students who plan to pursue a career that includes research in the fields of ecology, organismal biology, and/or evolutionary biology. Students work closely with a faculty member in the department to make a significant contribution to scholarship and research in their field, and to develop an individualized training program involving coursework and collaborative study. 

Admission to graduate study is usually open only to candidates for the Ph. D. degree. Brown undergraduates may apply to complete a 5th year masters degree, as described in the 5th Year Masters Guidelines.

EEB Graduate Travel Funds 

Current EEB graduate students interested in applying for travel support funding, please click here to be directed to the request form. For additional information, please contact

Training partnerships

Brown Center for Computational Molecular Biology (CCMB)

Several EEB faculty members participate in the PhD program in computational biology. This program is administered by the Brown Center for Computational Molecular Biology (CCMB), a world-class center for research and scholarship in this new discipline.