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.

Data Science Ph.D. students: Applications to join our Fall 2022 cohort are due by August 24, 2022, at 5:00 pm ET. We particularly encourage individuals from groups underrepresented in STEM to apply, especially those who have attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Tribal Colleges and Universities; and Hispanic Serving Institutions.

    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.

    Application for Fall 2022

    In addition to completing the form below, please have your faculty advisor(s) send a letter of support directly to the BU URBAN Program Manager at by August 24 at 5:00 pm ET. The letter should describe why they think you should participate in the program and summarize your strengths and weaknesses. Please have your advisor 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 this scheduling app or send an email to