We are now accepting applications for 2019, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

We welcome undergraduates, postbaccalaureates, graduate students and professionals from any institution worldwide to apply. You do not need to be currently enrolled at the University of Washington or any other university or college.

After the Application Due date, faculty will review all applications. Admissions decisions are normally completed in 4-6 weeks and you will be notified by email. We cannot admit students until they have submitted all required application materials (see below). The Director of Friday Harbor Laboratories has final authority in admitting students.

Financial aid requests will be considered after admissions decisions have been completed. This may require an additional 2-3 weeks and you will be notified, most likely, in a separate email.

The required application materials and steps vary depending on the quarter for which you are applying and on whether or not you are a University of Washington (UW) matriculated student. See below for details.

Applying for Autumn or Spring Quarters

UW Students

  1. FHL Application Form
  2. Transcripts – upload in FHL application form
  3. Course Preference List (only for Spring Marine Studies and Autumn Marine Studies) – in FHL application form
  4. Financial Aid Materials (if applicable)
  5. Registration

Everyone Else

  1. FHL Application Form
  2. Transcripts – upload in FHL application form
  3. Personal Statement – upload in FHL application form
  4. Letter of Recommendation – instructions in FHL application form
  5. Course Preference List (only for Spring Marine Studies and Autumn Marine Studies) – in FHL application form
  6. Financial Aid Materials (if applicable)
  7. International Student?
  8. Registration

Applying for Summer Quarters

  1. FHL Application Form
  2. Transcripts – upload in FHL application form
  3. Personal Statement – upload in FHL application form
  4. Letter of Recommendation – instructions in FHL application form
  5. Financial Aid Materials (if applicable)
  6. International Student?
  7. Registration

Application requirement details:

FHL Application Form (required from all applicants)

For 2019 Courses at FHL, we are introducing an online application which interfaces with our new visitor management system (Iris).

You will be asked to sign into your Iris account. If this is the first time you access Iris, you should set up a new account. This new account will be your portal for FHL applications. With Iris, you will be able to pay for FHL charges online through this portal.

Applications are for:

Spring 2019 Quarter

Summer A and/or B 2019 Quarter

Autumn 2019 Quarter (to be added soon)

You will need to submit a separate application for each quarter that you are interested in applying for an FHL course.

Financial Aid Materials (if applicable)

FHL support information can be found in the FHL application form.

Most students who apply for FHL support receive some assistance.  For summer courses, typical awards are $1000 – $3000, depending on funding available for the course as well as on student need and academic merit.  For spring and autumn courses, the usual range for FHL awards is $100 – $1000.  An alternative source of support for spring and autumn is the University of Washington Mary Gates Endowment (MGE), which offers scholarships of $1250 – $3000 to eligible, matriculated UW students taking research courses or apprenticeships.

Admission decisions are in no way connected to a student’s financial situation.

Learn more about Financial Aid.

International Students

If you are an International Student and currently not enrolled at UW, please click here for additional requirements.

Registration

You must apply and be accepted by FHL before you can register for FHL courses. There are different registration procedures for spring, summer and autumn quarters at FHL, and for UW students and non-UW students. Everyone will need special instructions from FHL before you will be able to register.

Spring Courses:

  • UW students accepted by FHL will be provided with Add Codes by FHL staff so you can register yourself through “MyUW” in the usual way.
  • All non-UW students will be registered by FHL staff.

Summer Courses:

FHL staff will provide everyone instructions and forms to register for FHL summer courses through UW Professional and Continuing Education (UWPCE).

Autumn Research Apprenticeships:

Everyone will be registered for research apprenticeships by FHL staff through UW Professional and Continuing Education (UWPCE).

Autumn Marine Studies:

  • UW students accepted by FHL will be provided with Add Codes by FHL staff so you can register yourself through “MyUW” in the usual way.
  • All non-UW students will be registered by FHL staff.

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