Friday Harbor Laboratories

Research Fellowships and Scholarships

Fellowship support is available for qualified applicants to conduct independent marine science research at UW-Friday Harbor Laboratories. Funding for graduate student support derives from generous donations by alumni, scientists and friends of Friday Harbor Laboratories. Note: Students wishing to enroll in a course should follow the financial aid procedures outlined in our student application process.

For Graduate Students Conducting Research

The purposes of the following funding sources are to enable graduate students to spend productive research time at FHL and benefit from the collaborative atmosphere. To accomplish this goal, we expect awardees to use all funds while in residence at FHL. Unused amounts will go back into the Fellowship Funds to be used for deserving students in future years. Funds may be spent on the following types of uses:

1. FHL on-campus housing (not off campus) and Dining Hall fees.

2. Charges for use of the Ocean Acidification Experimental Laboratory (OAEL), small boats, and the Centennial.

3. Supplies, but not equipment (defined as durable goods with a life of 1+ year, including computer accessories).  If your research project requires equipment, it can be covered with permission of the FHL Director, but the equipment will stay at FHL at the conclusion of your stay.

4. Travel reimbursements (within the limitations of UW policy and state law).


For each of the following fellowships, applications are welcome at any time. However, we strongly encourage applicants to apply before February 1 of each year, and awards are generally made in March. Students do not need to select from the fellowships. Instead, a committee will convene and assign the fellowship award(s) for each student.



To apply for any of these fellowships, please e-mail the five application elements belowto Scott Schwinge before February 1. It is not necessary to specify any particular fellowship, because the FHL Fellowships Committee will make the decisions.

  1. 1. A one-page statement of interest outlining your research objectives
  2. 2. Your CV which includes all previous financial support
  3. 3. A statement of financial need including details of all other support and all anticipated costs for this project and time period
  4. 4. One letter of recommendation sent directly from the writer, and
  5. 5. FHL's Application for Research Facilities.

Applications are strongly encouraged before February 1 of each year. Inquiries should be directed to Scott Schwinge at 206-616-0708. FHL fellowship applications should be addressed to the FHL Fellowship Selection Committee and e-mailed to Scott Schwinge.

Students may apply for fellowship opportunites by contacting these other organizations:

Libbie Hyman Memorial Field Scholarships: This SICB scholarship, in memory of Libbie H. Hyman, one of America’s foremost invertebrate zoologists, provides assistance to students to take courses OR to carry on research on invertebrates at a marine, freshwater, or terrestrial field station. The amount of the award is ~$1500. The application deadline is typically in mid-February.

AMS Student Research Fellowships: The American Microscopical Society Student Research Fellowship funds are designated for summer support of research projects involving microscopy. Two fellowships of $700 each are available. The funds may be used for summer support of any research project involving microscopy. Any undergraduate or graduate student member of AMS is eligible to apply, with the exception of past fellowship recipients. Applications from undergraduates and those from graduates are assessed independently. Awards are made up to a maximum of $700. Deadline for 2010: March 22, noon.

For Students Enrolling in Courses and Apprenticeships

Scholarship and fellowship funding derives from generous donations from alumni and friends of the Laboratories. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of both need and merit, and admission decisions are not influenced by financial aid requirements. Support is available to students attending either undergraduate or graduate-level courses at Friday Harbor Labs. Scholarship and fellowship support is targeted by donors to specific areas of study. (For example, the Marine Science Fund provides support for all courses, and the Fernald Fund supports studies of comparative embryology and larval biology.) Enrolled students can apply to receive financial aid, and we will consider all FHL scholarship and fellowship funds as we evaluate your needs.

The Phycological Society of America offers support to Marine Algae or Marine Phycology students through the Hannah T. Croasdale Fellowship.

Libbie Hyman Memorial Scholarships. This scholarship, in memory of Libbie H. Hyman, one of America’s foremost invertebrate zoologists, provides assistance to students to take courses OR to carry on research on INVERTEBRATES at a marine, freshwater, or terrestrial field station. The application deadline is typically in mid-February.