Prospective Students

The faculty and students of the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology are a small and tightly knit scholarly community, but one that is well-integrated with scholars in other departments. Our graduate program is very flexible and selective, and emphasizes cross-disciplinary research. There are a wide range of research areas represented in Evolutionary Anthropology, and combined with Duke's diverse faculty base and small campus, students will find they have the opportunity to study with scholars in many fields. In addition to a major area of research focus, we also require our students to pursue a minor field, so as to ensure that they have a breadth of knowledge outside of their immediate specialty.

Our doctoral program is designed to be completed in five years. The majority of our students go on to tenure track and non-tenure track academic positions after completing the doctorate. Some of our students also pursue careers at museums, zoos, and non-profit conservation organizations (among other possibilities).

We do not admit students to a master's program. Students who choose to leave the program before completing all of the Ph.D. degree requirements may also earn a master's degree, after completing appropriate coursework requirements as determined by the Graduate School.

Explore our Program

Financial support

Read about financial support opportunities, including fellowships from the university and other sources, teaching, and work-study.

Graduate Life

Learn about the many aspects of Evolutionary Anthropology graduate life, including groups, activities, and life in Durham. You will find resources to help you plan your move and set up your life here at Duke.

Career Paths

See where our graduate students go for jobs. Evolutionary Anthropology offers a body of knowledge that can take you on many different career paths.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions about test scores, selectivity, and other aspects of our program.

How to Apply

Learn how to apply for our doctoral program. We've included some tips for your application as well.