This page reviews the financial aid options for students taking courses or conducting research at FHL.

Many resources for financial aid are available and listed below. Each of these resources have their own requirements and application process. Please see the specific sites linked below for more information. As you discover additional resources that are not listed here, please let us know by emailing Dr. Megan Dethier so we can add them.

In addition, FHL administers various financial aid resources. These resources are from grants and generous donations from alumni and friends of FHL. The requirements and application processes are:

For UW undergraduates

that are taking a 15-credit FHL Research Apprenticeship or a 6-credit FHL Marine Biology Quarter Research Experience funding may be available from the Mary Gates Endowment (MGE) scholarship. Scholarships for the 15-credit Apprenticeship is $3000 and for the 6-credit Research Experience is $1250.

Minimum eligibility guidelines:

  • At least a 3.0 GPA
  • Sufficient course background in introductory science courses
  • At least a junior standing for a 15-credit FHL Research Apprenticeship or a minimum sophomore standing for a 6-credit FHL research experience
  • Only partial support will be awarded; students are expected provide for themselves and/or find other funding sources.
  • Exceptions can be made for students with excellent recommendations.

Application Process:

Requests will be considered after admission decisions have been completed. This may require an additional 1-2 weeks.

  • Personal Statement in .pdf file. List in the email subject line your last name and FHL academic quarter. For example: Smith, Autumn 2016
  • Letter of Recommendation from a college-level instructor. Letters should be emailed directly from the instructor and the email subject line should include your last name and FHL academic quarter. For example: email from Dr. Jones with subject line: Smith, Autumn 2016.

For all students taking an FHL course:

Minimum eligibility guidelines:

Awards based on both financial need and academic merit. Only partial support will be awarded; students are expected provide for themselves and/or find other funding sources.

Application Process:

Due at time of application for an FHL course. Requests will be considered after admission decisions have been completed. This may require an additional 1-2 weeks.

  • Download the Financial Aid Request Form (Excel Template or .pdf file), fill it in, save it as a .pdf file.
  • submit completed request form via email to fhlapp@uw.edu. List in the email subject line your last name and FHL academic quarter. For example: Smith, Autumn 2016.

For undergraduates interested in conducting research at FHL:

FHL Blinks – NSF REU – BEACON Summer Internship Program seeks to link undergraduate students with scientist-mentors as collaborators in marine science research projects. Students selected to participate will be provided with financial support to meet costs of room, board, round trip travel. Additionally, there will be a $2000 stipend (2016).

Minimum eligibility guidelines:

The NSF REU Site grant supports U.S. citizens or permanent residents during their undergraduate careers. The Blinks Endowment supports students who bring diversity to the FHL student body in any phase of their undergraduate or graduate career.

Application process

and more information click here.

For graduate students interested in conducting research at FHL:

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.

Minimum eligibility guidelines:

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.

Application Process

and more information click here

Other scholarships 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. Examples of FHL courses that would qualify include Marine Invertebrate Zoology and Comparative Invertebrate Embryology. Click here to learn more.
Phycological Society of America Fellowships: for taking courses on algae at a field station.
UW Biology – Friday Harbor Labs Award: $1500 for UW Biology undergraduates taking courses or doing research at Friday Harbor Labs in spring or summer. Apply in Winter between January 4- March 5 for award to be used within one year. Application information and a list of other possible scholarships are listed on the following UW Biology page.

Other 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 $1000 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 $1000. Deadline for 2016: April 17, 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).
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. Click here to learn more.
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).

Other possible sources for Financial Aid:

  • UW students: your first stop should be the UW Office of Financial Aid to explore the options listed there.
  • Library Research Award for UW undergraduates: Multiple $1000 grants available each year, application deadline in May.
  • Many academic departments at most universities will contribute travel and sometimes partial tuition.
  • 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.

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