A number of scientists with ongoing research programs reside year-round at FHL. In addition, FHL hosts visiting investigators from institutions worldwide.
To apply for lab space and/or housing at FHL, researchers should submit the required forms and information by the deadlines listed below. Every individual wishing to participate in research at FHL – whether scientist, student (graduate, undergraduate, high school), technician, or FHL post-doctoral applicant – must submit a separate application. Principal Investigators (PIs) should make sure that those who wish to work with/for them at FHL submit their own applications. FHL course instructors who plan to stay at FHL beyond the dates of their courses should also submit researcher applications for those extra dates.
While we welcome visitors during all seasons, housing space and lab facilities can be limiting during the busy summer instructional period; we thus encourage researchers to consider visiting in the fall, winter, or spring. When space is limiting, priority among applications is based on evidence of scientific merit, availability of facilities requested, and the need for organisms, environments, or facilities that are especially available at FHL. Faculty teaching courses at FHL have priority in housing. Scientists who do not need lab facilities, organisms, or field sites for their research should also consider FHL’s Helen R. Whiteley Center, which provides study spaces and housing for visiting scholars.
Applicants for research space should review our Research Policies, including specific policies related to exotic species restrictions, collecting organisms, SCUBA diving, animal care review information, and the UW equal opportunity statement.
Note that all charges for visiting researchers, except those charged to UW budgets or directly to universities, must be paid prior to your departure from FHL. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for fellowship funding.
Please submit your researcher application by the following deadlines. Note that late applicants will only be considered after all others have been assigned housing and lab spaces.
Autumn (arrival after 9/30)
August 1 – Assignments made by 8/15
Winter (arrival & departure within 12/15 – 3/15)
November 1 – Assignments made by 11/15
Spring (departure before 6/1)
January 24 – Assignments made by 2/15
Summer (any stay that includes 6/1-9/30)
Feb 1 – Assignments made by 3/15
In Summer Quarter, arrangements are more easily made if the period of residency coincides with either one or both academic terms (A and B, see Academic Calendar).
For 2019 Research 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 and confirmations. With Iris, you will be able to pay for your stay online through this portal.
Please note that we are only accepting applications by this process.
Equal Opportunity Statement
The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity in education regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Friday Harbor Laboratories at firstname.lastname@example.org.