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Applying to Program in Ecology

The Program in Ecology is the largest PhD program at the University of Wyoming and one of the leading ecology programs in the nation.  As such, the program historically admits between four and seven students each academic year, and applications are typically submitted by early January of each year for consideration in early spring.  However, students may apply throughout the year, as the Graduate Affairs Committee meets when necessary.

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Advisors and Applying

The first and most important step in applying is getting in contact with a potential faculty advisor.  Once you are in communication with a faculty advisor, and he or she agrees that you should apply, move on to the next steps in the application process.


Nearly all PiE students are funded on an advisor's grant or departmental teaching assistantships.  Be in contact with your potential advisor to determine whether grant or departmental funding is available.  PiE teaching assistantships are available, but are very limited and competitive, and are awarded in February of each year. From time to time, there are also advertised assistantships focused in a specific area.


There is no definite timeline for applying to PiE.  Students must adhere to the application timeline of their home department, which typically occurs during the fall semester.  The majority of students are admitted in spring to begin the following fall, and will hear back from the Graduate Affairs Committee by early April.  Students with strong support from their potential advisor may apply at any time in the year.  Contact for more information.

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