Human Evolutionary Biology Consortium

The Human Evolutionary Biology (HEB) graduate training consortium is a collaboration between The George Washington University, Howard University, The Smithsonian Institution and other DC area researchers.  Its mission is to educate students in an atmosphere that promotes ethical and collaborative team-based research, via research themes that focus on a diverse range of key and tractable interdisciplinary problems in human evolutionary studies. Funding from the National Science Foundation’s IGERT initiative in combination with resources from the above institutions allows us to provide a unique program of graduate training and research that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries, with a large, diverse and accomplished faculty, and state-of-the art facilities and resources.

The participating universities, institutions and facilities of the HEB are linked by the DC area Metro subway, and belong to the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area that shares academic and educational resources, including cross-registration. Students receive stipend support that is competitive with other graduate programs as well as travel and research funds. By bringing together researchers from diverse departments and from other universities and institutions in the DC area, graduate students have access to facilities and receive core research training in relevant aspects of many disciplines that are outside the core of many other biological anthropology Ph.D. programs.