Friday Harbor Laboratories

How to Apply for Research Facilities

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

Friday Harbor Laboratories has a permanent staff of resident researchers with a variety of ongoing research programs. In addition, FHL hosts visiting investigators throughout the year from institutions worldwide.

To apply for research space and/or housing at FHL, visiting researchers should follow the guidelines under Application for Research Facilities. Applications are due on the dates provided below. While we welcome researchers year-round, 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. Visitors who do not need lab facilities, organisms, or field sites for their research should also consider the Helen R. Whiteley Center, which provides studies for visiting scholars and shares housing on the same campus.

Applicants for research space should review the Research Policies that are adhered to at FHL and determine if and how they will influence their research plans. There are specific policies relating 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 to UW budgets and directly to universities, must be paid prior to your departure from FHL.

Application Deadlines

To apply to do research at FHL, please submit your 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 10 - 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).

Application for Research Facilities

Forms and Information Required to Apply for Research Facilities

All independent investigators (professional or student), research assistants, and FHL post-doctoral applicants should use the following procedure to apply for use of housing or research facilities at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Course faculty should also use this format to apply for housing during their time at FHL. Be sure to complete both components of the application:

1. E-mail to Bernadette Holthuis (a) your 2-5 page CV (with file name "LastnameFirstnameCV") and (b) a list of your publications and grants 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. Applications received by fax or mail, and those that are incomplete, will not be considered.

If you don't have a graduate degree: independent investigators who have not received a graduate degree should submit an Application for Research Facilities and provide the name and address of a person who can testify to their ability to carry on independent work. Upon acceptance by the Director, UW students should register at the University of Washington for 498, 499, 600, 700, or 800-level courses, unless enrolled in similar independent study coursework from another academic institution. Permission of the Director is required for registration for less than full credit. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for fellowship funding.

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