last modified Oct. 9, 2013
Student Application Procedure
2014 STUDENT APPLICATION REVIEW DATES:
SPRING QUARTER: Application review begins January 25
After Jan. 25th applications for Spring Quarter courses will be accepted on a space-available basis.*
SUMMER SESSIONS: Application review begins February 1
After Feb. 1st applications for summer courses will be accepted on a space-available basis.*
AUTUMN QUARTER: Two review dates: May 15 (early review) and July 1 (standard application date)
After July 1st applications for Autumn Quarter courses will be accepted on a space-available basis.*
*If it is past the application review dates listed above, please contact Stacy Markman, Student Coordinator at Friday Harbor Laboratories, to ask about space availability in spring, summer or autumn courses.
Email: email@example.com or call: 206-616-0753.
Applications are welcome from undergraduates, post-baccalaureates or graduate students from any institution, worldwide. Applicants do not need to be currently enrolled at the University of Washington or any other university or college. Following the application dates listed above, applications will be reviewed all at one time by faculty. Admissions decisions are normally completed in approximately 2-4 weeks and applicants are notified via email. Financial aid requests will be considered after admissions decisions have been completed. This normally requires an additional 1-2 weeks.
Note: Graduate students who wish to conduct independent research should follow the fellowship application procedures.
Required Student Application Documents
All applicants (other than UW-matriculated undergraduates applying for Spring Quarter or Autumn Quarter at FHL, see note below*) need to submit the following documents:
1) FHL application form
2) unofficial transcripts
3) personal statement
4) letter of recommendation
*Note to UW undergraduates applying for Spring Quarter or Autumn Quarter at FHL:
If you are a matriculated undergraduate at University of Washington and are applying for a course or research apprenticeship in Spring or Autumn Quarter at Friday Harbor Labs, the only documents required are a web-based FHL application form and your transcripts (a statement and letter of recommendation are not required, unless you wish to apply for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for a 15-credit FHL research apprenticeship or a 6-credit research experience as part of the Zoo-Bot Quarter or the Marine Biology Quarter).
All students (including UW undergraduates) applying for summer courses at FHL must submit ALL of the application documents listed above.
Note to all students applying for the Zoo-Bot Quarter in Spring or the Marine Biology Quarter in Autumn: in addition to the documents listed above, you will also need to email your course preferences to Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoo-Bot Quarter course choices are available at:
Marine Biology Quarter course choices are available at:
ACTION ON ADMISSION TO FHL CANNOT BE TAKEN UNTIL THE APPLICATION FILE IS COMPLETE. The Director of Friday Harbor Laboratories has final authority in accepting persons for the FHL instructional program.
1) FHL APPLICATION FORM
We strongly encourage electronic submission via email. Official transcripts are not required. Please submit transcripts as an Adobe .pdf document sent as an attachment to email to email@example.com. Please list in the email subject line the student's last name and the FHL academic quarter, e.g. "Smith, Aut 2014" or, if applying to more than one quarter, please list both, e.g., "Smith, Sum & Aut 2014." If submtting a personal statement (required when applying for a summer course and for all non-UW students) please submit both the transcripts and personal statemment together in one email, if possible.
3) PERSONAL STATEMENT
Not required for UW undergrads in Spring and Autumn Quarters (unless applying for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for an FHL research apprenticeship - see NOTE below**). All students applying for a summer course, and all students applying for spring or autumn except UW undergraduates, please provide a statement of approximately one page which describes how this course or apprenticeship will help you achieve your career goals. If you are applying for more than one course or apprenticeship, you may choose to submit a customized statement for each. We strongly encourage electronic submission of a .pdf (Adobe PDF format) document via email. If possible, please submit both the transcripts and personal statement as attachments in one email. Please list in the email subject line the student's last name and the FHL academic quarter. Please email to Stacy Markman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
Not required for UW undergrads in Spring and Autumn Quarters (unless applying for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for an FHL research apprenticeship - see NOTE below**). Please provide one or two letters of recommendation from faculty member(s) who are familiar with your work. On an exceptional basis, letters of recommendation will be accepted from people other than faculty but these letters generally carry less weight with FHL reviewers. Letters should be emailed directly from the writer to Stacy Markman. The emailed letters should have the student's last name in the subject line.
This request form is required if requesting financial aid from Friday Harbor Laboratories. We prefer that you download the Financial
Aid Request Form (Excel template), fill it in, save it as a .pdf file, and submit it via email to Stacy
Markman, FHL Student Coordinator, at Stacy Markman.
If possible, please submit transcripts, personal statement and financial aid request form as attachments in one email. Please list in the email subject line the student's last name and the FHL academic quarter. Please email to Stacy Markman at email@example.com.
**NOTE to UW-matriculated undergraduates about applying for a Mary Gates Endowment (MGE) scholarship: if you are a UW undergrad participating in a 15-credit FHL Research Apprenticeship or a 6-credit FHL Research Experience you MAY be eligible for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment (MGE) for Students ($3000 for a 15-credit apprenticeship, $1200 for a 6-credit research experience). FHL staff will request MGE funds on behalf of eligible students. Minimum eligibility guidelines for this MGE funding are:
at least a 3.0 GPA,
- sufficient course background in introductory science courses, and
- at least a junior standing for a 15-credit FHL research apprenticeship, or a minimum sophomore standing for a 6-credit FHL research experience.
Exceptions can be made for students with excellent recommendations. To be considered for MGE funding, students must submit to FHL all of the following documents, as listed above: FHL Application Form, transcripts, personal statement, and a letter of recommendation. Documents should be submitted in time for the FHL review dates listed at top of this page. If accepted to an FHL research apprenticeship or research experience, FHL staff will forward all FHL application documents to MGE. Again, only UW-matriculated undergraduates are eligible to apply for MGE funding; students do not need to submit an FHL Financial Aid Request Form in order to be considered for MGE funding and do not need to address statements or letters of recommendation directly to MGE.
If a UW-undergraduate student applying for a Research Apprenticeship or Research Experience requires additional financial aid, then an FHL Financial Aid Request Form should be prepared, although additional aid from FHL for these students will only be considered in exceptional cases.
UW students may apply regular UW financial aid to help offset the costs for coursework at Friday Harbor Labs. Receipt of funding from FHL or from the Mary Gates Endowment may affect a student's financial aid award from UW. All UW students receiving finanical aid from UW should contact the UW Office of Student Financial Aid: 206-543-6101.
UW graduate students: Please be sure to contact your advisor and department to inquire about support prior to submitting your request to FHL for financial aid, and please be sure to include this support in your financial aid request.
How much will this course cost?
Check out the FHL Student Costs page.
FHL scholarship and fellowship funding derives from generous donations from
alumni and friends of Friday Harbor Laboratories. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of both financial need and academic merit, and admission decisions are not influenced by financial aid requirements. Support is available to undergraduate students, post-baccalaureates, and graduate students, including international students.
Additionally, for first or second year graduate students or advanced undergraduates, the Libbie Hyman Fellowship supports students on their first trip to a marine research lab. The closing date for the receipt of applications (including transcripts and supporting letters) is February 15.
How do students register after applying and being accepted for courses at Friday Harbor Labs?
Link here for registration information
Link here for student visa information
Student Coordinators at University of Washington
Credits for FHL coursework will be earned through the University of Washington but applicants to FHL courses do not need to be enrolled at University of Washington. Students from all over the world come to study and conduct research at Friday Harbor Labs.
UW students are encouraged to contact the Student Coordinators in their respective departments:
- Aquatic and Fishery Science: Samantha Scherer
- Marine Biology Minor: Christen Foehring
- Biology: Janet Germeraad
- Marine Affairs: Michele Berg
- Oceanography: Michelle Townsend
- Program on the Environment: Joe Kobayashi
To apply, students should follow the FHL application procedures and, if applying for the ZooBot Quarter or the Marine Biology Quarter, should also e-mail their preferred course choices to Stacy Markman, Student Coordinator at Friday Harbor Laboratories.