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 applications from students who are applying to Boston University’s Biology, Earth and Environment, Environmental Health, Mathematics & Statistics, and Computing & Data Sciences 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.

Information Session for Fall 2024 Admission

Please click here to view the recording of our virtual information session for prospective BU URBAN Trainees, held on Wednesday, November 29, 2023.

Information Session Topics:
  • BU URBAN’s Goals and Mission – Why BU URBAN?
  • Program Structure and Requirements
  • URBAN Internships
  • The Trainee Experience: Q&A with current trainees
  • Additional Partners and Resources
  • Our Commitment to DEI
  • Application Process
  • And more!

Optional Interest Form

Are you interested in Boston University Graduate Program in Urban Biogeoscience & Environmental Health (BU URBAN) and considering joining us in fall 2024? Please fill out our prospective student interest form here!

Application for Fall 2024 Admission

To apply, please complete the BU URBAN Trainee application form below and have an instructor, academic advisor, and/or supervisor send a letter of support directly to the BU URBAN Program Manager at by June 7, 2024 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_Fall 2024 Admission-BU URBAN 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.

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