Fellowships and Scholarships for Students and Student Researchers
For Undergraduate or Graduate Students Enrolling in Courses or Conducting Research
FHL scholarship and fellowship funding derives from generous donations from alumni and friends of the Laboratories. FHL 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.
Possible sources (besides FHL funds) for student scholarships to conduct research or attend courses at FHL:
- UW students: your first stop should be the Financial Aid Office to explore the options listed there.
- Many academic departments at most universities will contribute travel and sometimes partial tuition; check this option first.
- Sometimes undergraduate institutions offer alumni fellowships to current graduate students.
- UC Berkeley has a good list of biology-related funding; not all these are relevant, of course.
- If anyone knows of more sources we should add to this list, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be added.
1. Scholarships Specifically for Taking Courses:
Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship, in memory of Libbie H. Hyman, one of America’s foremost invertebrate zoologists, “provides assistance to students to take courses or to pursue research on invertebrates at a marine, freshwater, or terrestrial field station.” The application deadline is typically in mid-February.
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Phycological Society of America Fellowships: for taking courses on algae at a field station.
UW Biology - Friday Harbor Labs Award: for undergraduates taking courses or doing research at Friday Harbor Labs. Some other possible scholarships are listed at this page as well.
2. Research Grants and Fellowships:
American Academy of Underwater Science: various funds for research using SCUBA.
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.
The International Women's Fishing Association has scholarships for marine science graduate students. March 1 deadline.
International Phycological Society: Paul Silva grants for research on algae.
Lerner-Gray Grants: seed money for research in marine zoology (only). Application deadline March 15.
The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research (for doctoral students, for exploratory field studies for the collection of specimens and data).
Nancy Foster Scholarship Program: for graduate research in marine science, especially for women and minorities.
National Shellfisheries Association: various grants for research on shellfish (molluscan or crustacean).
NOAA Graduate Research Fellowship (available locally through Padilla Bay, but at other NERRs as well). These have a stipulation that 'some' of the work be done in an NERR (eg as one of many field sites) - beyond that, they are ok with the student spending the funds on anything related to the study. Year-long fellowships, applications due Nov. 1 each year.
Pacific Northwest Shell Club: for malacological research.
PADI Foundation: for research using SCUBA.
SICB Fellowships for Research or Travel (several options exist).
Sigma Xi offers small research grants, generally for travel. These may require sponsorship of a member; contact FHL if you need help with this part.
Phycological Society of America Fellowships (for research on algae).
3. FHL Graduate Research Fellowships to conduct research at FHL
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.
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.
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.
- The Beatrice Crosby Booth Endowed Scholarship supports research and coursework at Friday Harbor Laboratories.
- The Patricia L. Dudley Endowment supports research or scholarships for the study of systematics, the structure of marine organisms, or marine invertebrate ecology. It is desirable that findings contribute to the understanding of evolutionary relationships.
- The Carrington Travel Fund provides funding to help graduate and undergraduate students with travel expenses.
- The Friday Harbor Fellows Fund (aka the Blinks Fellowship) supports students including those from under-represented groups.
- The Alan J. Kohn Endowed Fellowship supports research and coursework in invertebrate zoology.
- The Charles Lambert Memorial Endowment provides assistance to graduate students for research and/or coursework at FHL that includes cell or developmental biology of marine invertebrates, or any aspect of ascidian biology.
- The Japan/US Scholar Exchange Program: The E.S. Morse Institute seeks to support scholarly (both students and scientists) exchanges between FHL and Japanese marine laboratories.
- The Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Endowed Scholarship supports graduate or undergraduate students who conduct research or attend a class at Friday Harbor Laboratories.
- The Kenneth P. Sebens Endowed Student Support budget supports undergraduate and graduate students at Friday Harbor Labs.
- The Richard and Megumi Strathmann Fellowship supports graduate students working on natural and physical science problems in the Pacific Northwest.
- The Stephen and Ruth Wainwright Endowed Fellowship supports research in functional morphology.
To apply for any of these fellowships, please e-mail the five application elements below to Scott Schwinge before February 1. It is not necessary to specify any particular fellowship, because the FHL Fellowships Committee will make the decisions.
- 1. A one-page statement of interest outlining your research objectives
- 2. Your CV which includes all previous financial support
- 3. A statement of financial need including details of all other support and all anticipated costs for this project and time period
- 4. One letter of recommendation sent directly from the writer, and
- 5. FHL's Application for Research Facilities.
Graduate students will rarely be funded for more than 3 years of FHL Fellowship funding, so that we may maximize the numbers of students who can do research here; we expect that after 3 years, students should be able to seek funding from other sources.
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.