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Committee on Evolutionary Biology (CEB) - PhD

Division: Biological Sciences
Degree Type: PhD

Program Description

The Committee on Evolutionary Biology (CEB) was established in 1968. Since then, CEB has provided a means for PhD students to pursue interdisciplinary research that does not readily fall within a single department's purview. CEB students have access to field sites, equipment (GPS, laptops, digitizers, cameras), laboratories, research funds for pilot work, and an exceptional range of scientific and technical expertise. The program typically includes 25 to 30 PhD students at any given time. It has produced more than 100 graduates who are now working around the world in universities, museums, zoos, and governmental and non-governmental agencies.

CEB presently has about 60 faculty members representing all four graduate divisions (Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities), as well as institutions outside the University (Argonne National Laboratory, Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Botanic Garden, The Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Morton Arboretum). This diverse faculty conducts research on most major groups of organisms, and in most ecosystems, using an extremely broad range of methods and theoretical approaches.

Graduate admissions is coordinated with the Departments of Organismal Biology and Anatomy (OBA) and Ecology and Evolution (E&E), the other members of the Darwinian Sciences Graduate Cluster; and with other departments and committees on campus. Students admitted into CEB usually draw more heavily on faculty from multiple departments or on faculty from more than one institution, but students in all programs are encouraged to train broadly by interacting with faculty both within and outside the cluster. 

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  • Committee on Evolutionary Biology
  • Culver Hall, Room 402
  • 1025 East 57th Street
  • Chicago, IL 60637
  • Phone: 773.702.9474
  • Website:

Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 1

Degree Objective

The Darwinian Sciences cluster admits applicants only for the PhD degree.

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Application Fee
  3. Transcripts: Transcripts from all institutions attended after high school should be uploaded with the application.
  4. References: Three letters of recommendation from college or university professors who know the applicant's work well. Individuals who have been away from school for several years may submit recommendations from their employers.
  5. Graduate Record Examination scores: We require the GRE general test scores; subject tests will be considered but are optional. The University’s GRE code is 1832.


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are released via email in early March.  No decisions will be given by phone. 

Program Requirements

For information on program requirements, contact the departmental office directly.

Costs & Financial Aid

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