Interested in joining the BU URBAN Graduate Program in Urban Biogeoscience and Environmental Health?

Participation in BU URBAN is an exciting opportunity to benefit from expanded training and resources during your Ph.D. at Boston University. Trainees join BU URBAN from multiple participating departments across the university, creating a unique interdisciplinary community.

BU URBAN is now accepting early applications from students who are applying to Boston University’s Biology, Earth and Environment, Environmental Health, or Mathematics & Statistics Ph.D. Programs. We are committed to creating a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive community for all students. We aim to broaden participation by addressing barriers to access for individuals from groups historically underrepresented in STEM and particularly encourage their application to BU URBAN.

What is it like to be part of BU URBAN? Watch the video below for a perspective from Claudia Diezmartínez on how BU URBAN has helped her look at problems from different perspectives and cultivated a strong community.

BU URBAN Information Sessions

Come to our December 13, 2022 information session for prospective URBAN trainees to learn more about the program and to speak to current trainees. The session will be held from 6-7pm. Register here. Please fill out this form to indicate your interest and availability for future information sessions. Thank you!

Application for Fall 2023

To apply, please complete the form below. Additionally, please have an instructor, academic advisor, and/or supervisor send a letter of support directly to the BU URBAN Program Manager at by January 10, 2023 at 5pm, Eastern Standard Time. The letter should describe why they think you should participate in the program and summarize your strengths and weaknesses. Please have your reference use “Student last name_Student first name_YEAR-NRT Program LOR.pdf” as the file name.


Prospective Ph.D. applicants to BU: You must first apply to a participating department in order to apply to BU URBAN. The following links will lead you to the application pages in each department. If you are interested in a department not listed below, please email the BU URBAN Program Manager at to discuss further.

As you prepare to apply and interview for graduate school, we encourage you to read these two advice columns on Things I Wish I Knew before Applying for Doctoral Programs and Interviewing for Graduate Schools, led by Alexa Friedman (a PhD Candidate in Environmental Health) and co-written by Kate Connolly and Sean Mueller (both URBAN Trainees).

Questions? Book a meeting with the BU URBAN Program Manager via Candedly or send an email to