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Comparative Biology PhD Application

Application for Fall 2022 Enrollment:  Will be Available Fall 2021


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December 15, 2021

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Enrollment is for the fall semester only.



Important Note: RGGS has eliminated the GRE test requirement for Comparative Biology PhD admissions and partner institution Graduate Fellowships. We will not accept GRE test scores or consider them in our evaluation process.

[Applicants for partner institution Graduate Fellowships: be aware that each partner institution will have its own testing requirements and may or may not require GRE scores for their applications. Be sure to check and comply with their admissions requirements in your application(s) to the partner universities.]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Or equivalent degree, from an accredited institution

Official transcripts

From all undergraduate/graduate institutions attended

Three letters of support

Required from instructors, research advisors, or other mentors


Description of research interests/experience


Final candidates will be interviewed

Faculty sponsor

Through student contact or assigned by the AMNH

Application fee of $50

Required with application; non-refundable

Proficiency in English

TOEFL or IELTS (Academic Exam) scores are required for non-native English speakers (who have not earned a college-level degree in a program documented as taught in English), taken within the past 2 years.

TOEFL scores generally must total 600 or higher, typically with 60 or greater on each subsection (PBT), or total 100 or higher, typically with 25 or greater on each subsection (iBT). For more information on TOEFL go to

IELTS scores must be at least 7.0 in total. For more information on IELTS please go to:


Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, or equivalent degree, from an accredited college or university prior to matriculation in the Museum’s program. Applications will be accepted from students who have completed some graduate work or an advanced degree at another institution. All applicants, however, will be required to complete the core courses of the RGGS program, regardless of their prior background.


The application for admission, together with supporting materials must be uploaded online through the admissions portal:

Please note that all applications and supporting materials become the property of the Richard Gilder Graduate School. Since the applicant is responsible for sending official transcripts to the RGGS in sealed envelopes and securing letters of recommendation, it is important that the applicant requests supporting documents as early as possible, to ensure that all supporting materials are secured well in advance of the application deadline.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a member of the faculty prior to application. Final candidates will be invited to the Richard Gilder Graduate School for interviews, whenever possible. The interview process represents the graduate school’s commitment to finding students that will most benefit from and contribute to the Ph.D. Comparative Biology program. It also enables the Graduate School faculty to make the very best matches between students and faculty advisors - part of the Richard Gilder Graduate School’s deep commitment to personal advising, mentorship, and guidance of students.


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