Biological Data Science (BilDS) Program for Doctoral Students

We are seeking trainees passionate about developing tools for pressing environmental and global health problems. Does this sound like you?

You will learn:

  • A strong understanding of core concepts in evolution, ecology, and epidemiology

  • Exposure to contemporary, real-world topics where modeling and predicting system disturbances are crucial

  • Skill development for hypothesis and experimental design, and interdisciplinary teamwork and communications training

Application Details

  • Prerequisite: currently enrolled or incoming UVM PhD students from the following fields and programs: Mathematics & Statistics, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, Biology, Plant biology, Plant and soil sciences, Complex systems, Computer science and any other related fields/programs.

  • Complete and submit a BilDS online application to apply for a traineeship.

Application Deadline

The BilDS program assesses applications for the AY24-25 cohort on a rolling basis. To be given priority consideration, we recommend submitting your application by May 1, 2024. Applications received after this priority deadline will be evaluated based on the remaining capacity within our programs.

For questions, please email Lola Chen at,  Program Coordinator.

The BilDS Leadership and The University of Vermont are especially interested in students who contribute to the inclusion, diversity, and excellence of the academic environment both professionally and personally.

Students from diverse educational backgrounds (e.g., biology, mathematics, and computer science, agricultural, environmental, and health sciences, STEM education) and work-life experiences (e.g. community college, extracurricular, volunteerism), women, LGBTQ, and first-generation college, veterans, and individuals with disabilities, and underrepresented racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic and cultural groups are strongly encouraged to apply.