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
  3. Course Preference List (only for Spring Marine Studies and Autumn Marine Studies)
  4. Financial Aid Materials (if applicable)
  5. Registration

Everyone Else

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

Application requirement details:

FHL Application Form (required from all applicants)

All students must submit an FHL Application Form to be considered for a FHL course. 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)

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Please submit your transcripts as an attachment to an email to fhlapp@uw.edu; if you are also submitting a personal statement, attach transcripts and statement together to the same email. In the email subject line, provide your last name and the FHL academic quarter(s) e.g., “Smith, SUM 2019”  or “Smith, SUM & AUT 2019.”

Personal Statement

Please provide a statement (ca. 1 page) describing your motivation for taking the FHL course(s) or apprenticeship to which you are applying. If you are applying to more than one, you may choose to submit a customized statement for each. Students who are requesting support from FHL should include an explanation of the financial barriers to their attending a course at FHL, in addition to submitting a Financial Aid Form.

Please submit your statement as an attachment to an email to fhlapp@uw.edu, preferably together with your transcripts attached to the same email. In the email subject line, provide your last name and the FHL academic quarter e.g., “Smith, SUM 2019” or “Smith, SUM & AUT 2019.”

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

Course Preferences for Spring Marine Studies or Autumn Marine Studies

Students applying to Spring Marine Studies or Autumn Marine Studies should submit a list of the courses they would like to take from the course offerings for that quarter. Please email your list of preferred courses to fhlapp@uw.edu.

Here are links to Marine Studies course options in Spring and Autumn.

Financial Aid Materials (if applicable)

Note that the Financial Aid form is only for requesting aid from FHL.

Any student who needs financial assistance to take a course at FHL may apply for FHL support by submitting 1) a brief Financial Aid Form and 2) a Personal Statement.  If you are already submitting a statement as part of your course application (required for all summer courses, and for non-UW students taking spring or autumn courses), then you need only submit the Financial Aid 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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