Friday Harbor Laboratories

How to Apply to FHL as a Researcher

Researcher Quotes

  • "Being at FHL even for a short time as a PhD student set me up for life. I developed a network of peers that were at the same career stage and these people have continued to be important colleagues and collaborators 20+ years on - These associations were key in advancing my career, connecting to postdoc opportunities and establishing research collaborations"
  • "… an appreciation of the marine and intertidal environments and a broader and more synthetic perspective of biology generally and natural history particularly - the experiences increased my appreciation of the marine and intertidal environment. Approximately one-half of the peer-reviewed publications were based on research that involved the FHL"
  • "The instructors and researchers I met at FHL became the basis of my professional network, and their contacts and reference letters led me to my first job as a research assistant, my graduate program, and my postdoctoral work"
  • "The quality and excitement of the students, instructors, and broader intellectual community at FHL are a continual source of inspiration. I have taught a variety of field courses, primarily at three west-coast marine labs, and FHL is, by several orders of magnitude, the most interesting, welcoming, and inspiring of them all"

Research Program Introduction

A number of scientists with ongoing research programs reside year-round at Friday Harbor Laboratories. In addition, FHL hosts visiting investigators from institutions worldwide.

To apply for lab space and/or housing at FHL, researchers should submit the required forms and information by the deadlines listed below. Every individual wishing to participate in research at FHL - whether scientist, student (graduate, undergraduate, high school), technician, or FHL post-doctoral applicant - must submit a separate application. PIs should make sure that those who wish to work with/for them at FHL submit their own applications. FHL course instructors who plan to stay at the labs beyond the dates of their courses should also submit researcher applications for those extra dates.

While we welcome visitors during all seasons, housing space and lab facilities can be limiting during the busy summer instructional period; we thus encourage researchers to consider visiting in the fall, winter, or spring. When space is limiting, priority among applications is based on evidence of scientific merit, availability of facilities requested, and the need for organisms, environments, or facilities that are especially available at FHL. Faculty teaching courses at FHL have priority in housing. Scientists who do not need lab facilities, organisms, or field sites for their research should also consider FHL's Helen R. Whiteley Center, which provides study spaces and housing for visiting scholars.

Applicants for research space should review our Research Policies, including specific policies related to exotic species restrictions, collecting organisms, SCUBA diving, animal care review information, and the UW equal opportunity statement.

Note that all charges for visiting researchers, except those charged to UW budgets or directly to universities, must be paid prior to your departure from FHL. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for fellowship funding.

Application Deadlines

Please submit your researcher application by the following deadlines. Note that late applicants will only be considered after all others have been assigned housing and lab spaces.

Quarter Deadline
Spring (departure before 6/1) Jan 24 - Assignments made by Feb 15
Summer (any stay that includes 6/1-9/30) Feb 1 - Assignments made by Mar 15
Autumn (arrival after Sept 30) Aug 1 - Assignments made by Aug 15
Winter (arrival & departure within 12/15-3/15) Nov 1 - Assignments made by Nov 15

In Summer Quarter, arrangements are more easily made if the period of residency coincides with either one or both academic terms (A and B, see Academic Calendar).

Forms and Information Required for Application

1. Send an e-mail to the FHL Facilities Coordinator with the following attachments: (a) your 2-5 page CV (with file name "LastnameFirstnameCV") and (b) a list of your publications and grants that are directly related to research at FHL (with file name "LastnameFirstnamePubs").

2. Submit the online application.

Please note that we are only accepting applications by this process.

Equal Opportunity Statement

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity in education regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Friday Harbor Laboratories at