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How to Apply

The EEB PhD Program processes online applications through Hobson’s ApplyYourself. Please read the application instructions carefully. The Hobson’s ApplyYourself Program is available year-round for receiving application materials. Applicants are encouraged to submit their online application well in advance of the deadline to ensure that the application is complete by the January 20 deadline.

Application Materials

The following items are required for your EEB application.

  1. GRE scores – please request that official scores for the GRE general test are sent to Boise State. The subject GRE is not required.
  2. Transcripts – please request official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts be sent to Boise State.
  3. Curriculum vitae (CV) – please provide a CV that outlines your education, skills, and professional experience.
  4. Letters of recommendation – Three letters of recommendation are required. Applicants should notify their recommenders using the “Recommendation Provider List” button in ApplyYourself.
  5. Cover letter – see instructions below.
  6. Identify interest in graduate faculty advisor / research labs – Please identify 1-3 labs where you are interested conducting research by listing the potential faculty advisor(s) on your application. A list of EEB advisors is available on the program website. Note that all faculty will review all applications, so you may be contacted by faculty you do not list, but who see you as a good candidate for their lab.
  7. Pay the application fee – Application fees cannot be waived, but only need to be paid once per applicant.
  8. TOEFL or IELTS scores – required for international applicants only.

Cover Letter Instructions

Please write a cover letter of no more than 750 total words that includes:

    • A description of your overall academic interests and goals. Why do you seek graduate training? What are your career goals? Why are you applying to this program?
    • A description of your specific scientific interests. This is a great place to describe your motivation to further your training in science and research in your chosen field. Also, describe why your selected research labs are a good fit with your interests.
    • A summary of your previous research experience or jobs involving laboratory or field work that cannot be seen from your CV.
    • Please describe a situation where problem solving and creativity helped you overcome a challenge or obstacle.
    • If needed, please request to be considered for a graduate assistantship in your cover letter.