Friday Harbor Laboratories

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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

Research is conducted throughout the year. It is a principal function of the Friday Harbor Laboratories to provide facilities for visiting investigators from national and international institutions. FHL also has a permanent staff of resident researchers with a variety of ongoing research programs. Laboratory space and housing for investigators and visiting classes are available year-round. Visiting researchers are encouraged to use the facilities at any time of year, and will find more space and housing available outside the summer instructional period. Accommodations may also be available for college-level educational groups for meetings and symposia. Individuals who wish to apply for research space and housing should do so using the Application for Research Facilities found below. Applications are due on the dates given on the calendar on this page.

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. Teaching faculty 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.

For costs of housing, bedding, dining, , researchers and scholars should refer to our Standard Researcher Rates or, if paying expenses directly from a University of Washington budget, our UW Budget Researcher Rates. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files. If you're unable to view them, download the Adobe Acrobat Reader software for your computer and try again.

We have two different rate structures for researchers: UW Budget Rates for expenses paid directly from University of Washington budgets, and Standard Rates for expenses paid otherwise. Please refer to the following rate sheets for the costs of housing, bedding, dining, facilities use, lab space, and boat use: UW Budget Researcher Rates and Standard Researcher Rates. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files. If you are unable to view them, please download the Adobe Acrobat Reader software for your computer and try again.

All charges except those to UW budgets and directly to universities, must be paid prior to your departure from FHL.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Deadline
Spring (for visits ending before June 1) Jan 10 - Assignments made by Feb 15
Summer Feb 1 - Assignments made by Mar 15
Autumn Aug 1 - Assignments made by Aug 15
Winter 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 (see Academic Calendar).

How to Apply to do Research at FHL

All persons wishing to participate in research at the labs - including not only principal investigators and their collaborators, but also students, RAs, and technicians - MUST submit researcher applications in order to spend time at the labs. If you are a researcher who plans to have students or technicians working in your lab at FHL, please be sure that each person applies individually, and also make a note of those people in your own application. FHL Post-doctoral applicants and course faculty should also submit researcher applications to apply for the use of housing or research facilities. Please note that we are only accepting applications by the process detailed below. Applications by fax or mail will not be accepted.

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.

Application Process:

1. E-mail to Bernadette Holthuis two documents: (a) your 2-5 page CV (with the file name "YourlastnameYourfirstnameCV" e.g. "HymanLibbieCV.docx") and (b) a document that details your publications and grants related to your research at FHL (with the file name "YourlastnameYourfirstnamePubs" e.g. "FernaldRobertPubs.docx"). The two documents may be combined into a single one, and may be in the form of MS Word documents or PDF files.

2. Complete the online application.

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