Letter to Prospective Students

Dear Prospective Student,

Thank you for your interest in our Ph.D. program.

Here is some information about the program.  We admit 20 anthropology students per year.  Each is guaranteed some form of financial support.  13 will get full stipends in the amount of $25,000 per year for five years.  Three of those five years include teaching.  The others do not.   Of these funded students, some are also eligible for Provost Enhancement Fellowships, which include a supplement to the stipend in the amount of $10,000+.  The remaining students get tuition scholarships, so they only have to pay for their own living expenses.  Information about the different fellowships can be found here: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Prospective-Current-Students/Current-Students/Financial-Assistance/Fellowships-and-Grants

We also welcome students with outside funding packages, especially from their countries of origin, if they are international students.  This happens frequently.

The admissions procedures can be found online here:


The whole application is important, but three parts are especially so. First is the admissions essay. We look closely at that.  Second is your writing sample.  Third, it is important to know whom you would be interested in working with.  We ask you to list at least 4 faculty members who might be interested in your project.  We ask this because we are, of course, very interested in admitting students who have a direct interest in working with our faculty.

Here is a link to our faculty webpage.  It includes a short profile about each faculty member: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Anthropology/Faculty

You might wish to use this as a starting point, if necessary, to identify faculty with whom you might wish to work.

Applications for Fall 2019 are due December 1st for the cultural and linguistic subfields and December 15th for the archaeology and physical subfields.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to our Anthropology student liaison for admissions, Lindsay Parme (lparme@gc.cuny.edu).

You may also contact the coordinator for the subfield you are interested in applying to:

Dr. Alexander Bauer – Archaelogy subfield coordinator (alexander.bauer@qc.cuny.edu)
Dr. Jeff Maskovsky – Executive Officer and Cultural Anthropology admissions chair (jmaskovsky@gc.cuny.edu)
Dr. Miki Makihara – Linguistics subfield coordinator (miki.makihara@qc.cuny.edu)
Dr. Eric Delson – Physical subfield coordinator (eric.delson@lehman.cuny.edu)

Finally, if you are in town during the fall semester, please stop by for one of our Friday colloquia and join us for the reception that follows.  Information about our colloquia series can be found here, under Events:  http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Anthropology/Cultural-Anthropology.

I am available to meet with prospective graduate students in November and December of 2018.  Please contact our program office to make an appointment or to set up a time to talk.  You can find contact information on our program’s website here.

I look forward to reading your application!

Take care,

Jeff Maskovsky, Ph.D.

Professor and Executive Officer (Chair)
Ph.D. Program in Anthropology
The CUNY Graduate Center, Rm. 6406.01
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309
E-mail: jmaskovsky@gc.cuny.edu
Tel: 212-817-8005