Graduate Prospective Students

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program is a competitive full-time program offered through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with opportunities for students to specialize in aqueous and environmental geochemistry, atmospheric science, biogeoscience, climate science, geology, marine geology and geophysics, paleoclimatology and paleoceanography, paleontology, physical oceanography, seismology and solid earth geophysics, and solid earth geochemistry. The goal of the program is to train broadly educated Earth scientists for careers in academia, research, government, and industry.

During their course of study in the program, students will earn an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D.

For our PhD program, passion about the Earth and environmental sciences is the main ingredient we are looking for in students. We often admit students lacking key background courses (math or chemistry for instance), who take those classes the summer before or during their first semester of enrollment.

All of our Ph.D. students in good standing are guaranteed graduate fellowships covering 12 months of salary for 5 years. Moreover, to give students a measure of independence and flexibility, each one receives a research allowance of $1000 per year.


Students Interested in the AMNH-RGGS Graduate Fellowship: 

To be eligible for the AMNH Graduate Fellowship, students must apply to both the DEES Ph.D. program and to the AMNH Graduate Student Fellowships Program (GF). We are still unsure about available AMNH-RGGS GF funding for the upcoming admissions cycle because of COVID impacts, but the information on the AMNH-RGGS Graduate Fellowship is at:

Note: Other than if a student comes with an extramural fellowship (for example, an NSF GRFP award), AMNH-RGGS GF support (if awarded) is the only way AMNH-RGGS can provide the necessary Museum co-funding for a student advised by an AMNH faculty member in the collaborative programs with DEES.


Students Interested in the Provost Diversity Fellowship Initiative: 

With this program, GSAS supplements the fellowship package by providing a one-time stipend to selected incoming PhD students. Prospective doctoral students must submit a diversity statement as part of the admissions application to be considered. More information on the Provost Diversity Fellowship Initiative can be found at: