We welcome undergraduates, postbaccalaureates and graduate students 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.

New to FHL?

After the Applications Due date, your application will be reviewed all at one time by faculty. Admissions decisions are normally completed in 4-6 weeks and you will be notified by email. Action on admission to FHL cannot be taken until you have submitted all of the application requirements (see below). The Director of Friday Harbor Laboratories has final authority in accepting persons for the FHL instructional program.

Financial aid requests will be considered after admissions decisions have been completed. This may require an additional 1-2 weeks and you will be notified, most likely, in a separate email.

There are different application requirements and steps to complete depending on the quarter being applied for and whether you are a University of Washington (UW) matriculated undergraduate. See below for a list of the requirements and steps necessary to apply for FHL courses.

Applying for Autumn or Spring Quarters

UW Undergraduate

  1. FHL Application Form 
  2. Transcripts
  3. Course Preference List (only for Marine Biology Quarter)
  4. Financial Aid?
  5. Registration

Everyone Else

  1. FHL Application Form
  2. Transcripts
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Letter of Recommendation
  5. Course Preference List (only for Marine Biology Quarter)
  6. Financial Aid?
  7. International Student?
  8. Registration

Applying for Summer Quarters

  1. FHL Application Form
  2. Transcripts
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Letter of Recommendation
  5. Financial Aid?
  6. International Student?
  7. Registration

Application requirements details:

FHL Application Form (required from all applicants)

All students must submit an FHL Application Form to be considered for a FHL course. Once completed and submitted, it will be sent to the FHL Student Coordinator. Before submitting, you may want to print or create an electronic copy (Adobe .pdf or screen capture) for your own records.

Transcripts (required from all applicants)

We strongly encourage electronic submission of your transcripts to FHL. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Please submit transcripts as an Adobe .pdf document sent as an attachment to email to fhlapp@uw.edu. Please list in the email subject line your last name and the FHL academic quarter, for example. “Smith, SPR 2016” or, if applying to more than one quarter, please list both, for example, “Smith, SUM & AUT 2016” If submitting a personal statement please submit both the transcripts and personal statement together in one email, if possible.

Personal Statement

Please provide a statement of less than 400 words describing how the FHL 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 an Adobe .pdf 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 your last name and the FHL academic quarter e.g., “Smith, Summer 2016.” Please email to fhlapp@uw.edu.

A personal statement is not required from UW undergraduates applying for spring or autumn unless they wish to apply for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for an FHL research experience or research apprenticeship. Learn more about this and other Financial Aid options.

Letter of Recommendation

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 person who is writing the letter of recommendation to fhlapp@uw.edu. The emailed letters should list in the email subject line your last name and the FHL academic quarter, for example, “Smith, Summer 2016.”

A letter of recommendation is not required for UW undergraduates applying for spring or autumn unless you wish to apply for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for an FHL research experience or research apprenticeship. Learn more about this and other Financial Aid options.

Course Preferences for Marine Biology Quarter

The Marine Biology Quarter (MBQ) in spring or autumn requires a list of course preferences offered within the MBQ curriculum. Please email a list of course preferences to: fhlapp@uw.edu.

Link to MBQ course options in Spring 2017 and Autumn 2017

Financial Aid (if applicable)

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 financial need and academic merit. Support is available to students attending either undergraduate or graduate-level courses in spring, summer or autumn at FHL. Because we give course scholarship funds to as many students as possible, we can’t provide full financial aid for any. The expectation is that you will contribute to required expenses of taking an FHL course; most applicants use a variety of sources, e.g. personal, departmental, and other.

Autumn and Spring Courses and Apprenticeships: Financial aid for students attending courses or research apprenticeships in spring or autumn is very limited; awards are only awarded in exceptional cases, based on both financial need and academic merit. In 2015 and 2016, awards in spring and autumn ranged from $500 to $2000 with only one to five students per quarter awarded FHL financial aid.

Summer Courses: To help you realistically plan your course budget, in Summer 2016, FHL financial aid to students averaged approximately $2300.

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 2017 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 2017 Courses:

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

Autumn 2017 Research Apprenticeships:

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

Autumn 2017 Marine Biology Quarter:

  • 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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