FHL is now offering opportunities for support to faculty scientists who are new to FHL:

New Faculty Research Fellowships


UW Friday Harbor Laboratories welcomes students to conduct research here, and offers financial aid opportunities to encourage those who would otherwise not be able to do so. Other potential, non-FHL sources of assistance are listed at the bottom of this page.

Students who wish to apply for financial assistance to take a course at FHL should follow the procedures for requesting course financial aid.

Undergraduate students interested in support for research at FHL should refer to the Blinks-REU Summer Internship Program, which links students with scientist-mentors as collaborators in marine science research projects.

FHL Student Research Fellowships

Qualified graduate students who would like to conduct independent marine science research at FHL may apply for fellowship support deriving from generous donations from alumni, scientists, and friends of Friday Harbor Laboratories. The purpose of these fellowships is to enable graduate students to spend productive research time at FHL and benefit from the collaborative atmosphere. To accomplish this goal, we expect awardees to use all funds while in residence at FHL; unused amounts will go back into the fellowship funds to be used in future years.

Funds may be spent on the following types of uses:

  • FHL on-campus housing (not off-campus), Dining Hall meals, and Facility & Lab fees.
  • Charges for use of small boats and the R/V Kittiwake.
  • Supplies, but not equipment (defined as durable goods with a life of 1+ year, including computer accessories). If your project requires equipment, it may be covered with permission of the FHL Director, but the equipment will stay at FHL at the conclusion of your stay.


Applications are welcome at any time, but those received before February 1 will receive priority, and awards are generally made in March.

Address your application to the FHL Fellowship Selection Committee. Combine Items 1 and 2 into one PDF document, and create an Excel workbook for Item 3; email these as attachments to Dr. Megan Dethier. Fill out and submit Item 4 (the Researcher Application) online. The person writing your letter of recommendation should email Item 5 directly to Dr. Dethier. Your application should not specify any particular fellowship from the list because the FHL Fellowships Committee will decide on that. 

Application elements:

  1. A one-page statement of interest outlining your research objectives
  2. Your CV, including previous financial support
  3. An Excel file showing details of financial need, as well as all other support available to you. Include an estimate of costs for FHL research facilities (e.g. lab space, small boat use, research vessel use; see) based on researcher rates, and for supplies.  Because room and meal costs will depend on your housing assignment (which will depend on availability), do not estimate those costs; instead, include a line with the dates and your preferred housing type (e.g., standard dorm with full meal plan, grad dorm where you do your own cooking) and we will estimate the cost after you’ve been assigned to a unit.
  4. Researcher Application (to reserve housing and lab facilities) – submitted separately online.
  5. One letter of recommendation sent directly from the writer to Dr. Megan Dethier.  This letter is not required for students currently enrolled at the University of Washington; UW students who choose not to have a letter submitted must provide the name and email address of a reference (preferably faculty member).

Questions may be directed to Dr. Megan Dethier by email or by phone at 206-616-0764.

Note: graduate students will rarely be funded for more than 3 years of FHL Fellowship funding so that we may maximize the numbers of students who can do research here; we expect that after 3 years, students should be able to seek funding from other sources.


When you apply to FHL for a fellowship, you should not specify one from the list; the Fellowships Committee will decide on which one is applicable for you and your field of study.

The BEATRICE CROSBY BOOTH ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP supports research or coursework at FHL.
The PATRICIA L. DUDLEY ENDOWMENT supports research for the study of systematics, the structure of marine organisms, or marine invertebrate ecology.
The CARRINGTON TRAVEL FUND assists students with research travel expenses.
The FRIDAY HARBOR FELLOWS FUND (aka the Blinks Fellowship) supports research or coursework at FHL, including for students from under-represented groups.
The ALAN J. KOHN ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP supports research or coursework in invertebrate zoology.
The CHARLES LAMBERT MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT supports research or coursework at FHL that includes cell or developmental biology of marine invertebrates, or any aspect of ascidian biology.
The E.S. MORSE INSTITUTE JAPAN/US SCHOLAR EXCHANGE PROGRAM supports scholarly (both students and scientists) exchanges between FHL and Japanese marine laboratories.
The BROOKS & SUZANNE RAGEN FHL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP supports research or coursework at FHL.
The RICHARD & MEGUMI STRATHMANN ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP supports research on natural and physical science problems in the Pacific Northwest.
The STEPHEN & RUTH WAINWRIGHT ENDOWMENT Fellowship supports research in functional morphology.

Outside (non-FHL) Student Research Funding Opportunities

American Academy of Underwater Science: for research using SCUBA. Graduate student (masters and doctoral) members of AAUS are eligible. Application deadline in 2019 is June 30.
American Microscopical Society Student Research Fellowships: for summer research projects involving microscopy. Fellowships of up to $1000 each. Any graduate or undergraduate student member of AMS is eligible to apply, with the exception of past fellowship recipients. Application deadline for 2018: March 16.
International Phycological Society: Paul Silva grants for conducting or presenting research on algae. Awards of $500 each. Graduate student members of IPS are eligible to apply. Application deadlines May 30 and December 31.
The International Women’s Fishing Association: for research in marine sciences. Graduate students in marine sciences at a US institution are eligible. Application deadline March 1.
Lerner-Gray Grants: for research on marine life (not including botany) and environments. Graduate (doctoral) students and early career researchers are eligible to apply. Awards $500-$2,500 each. Application deadline March 15.
The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research: for exploratory field studies involving the collection of specimens and data. Graduate (doctoral only) students are eligible to apply. Application deadline for 2018: Nov 8.
Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship: for students to take courses or to pursue research on invertebrates at a field station. Advanced undergraduates or first or second year graduate students are eligible to apply. Application deadline typically in early February.
Nancy Foster Scholarship Program: for research in marine science, especially for women and minorities. Graduate students (masters and doctoral) in marine sciences, who are US citizens or permanent residents attending a UW institution, are eligible to apply. Application deadline in 2019 will be in Dec.
National Shellfisheries Association: for research on shellfish (molluscan or crustacean), several grant opportunities.
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) Graduate Research Fellowship: available locally through Padilla Bay, but at other NERRs as well. Year-long fellowships. Some of the work must be done in an NERR (e.g. as one of many field sites), but otherwise, funds may be used on anything related to the study. Application deadline Nov 1.
Pacific Northwest Shell Club: for research on Pacific Northwest mollusks. Senior undergraduates (supervised), graduate students, and post docs at Pacific Northwest institutions are eligible to apply. Application deadline April 1.
PADI Foundation: for research using SCUBA. Application deadline in 2019 was Jan 6.
Phycological Society of America Fellowships: for research on algae, several grant opportunities.
Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (SICB) Fellowship of Graduate Student Travel: for travel to & other expenses at research laboratories or field sites. Graduate student members of SICB are eligible to apply. Application deadline in 2018 was Oct 17.
Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (SICB) Grant-in-Aid of Research: for research in integrative & comparative biology. Graduate student members of SICB are eligible to apply. Application deadline in 2018 was Oct 17.
Sigma Xi: for student research, generally for travel. Undergraduate and graduate students eligible. Applications may require sponsorship by a Sigma Xi member; contact FHL if you need help with this part. Application deadlines March 15 and Oct 1.
Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF): a number of scholarships/fellowships available to support student research in marine sciences, including the Susan L. Williams Memorial Fellowship in Coral & Seagrass Rehabilitation. Application deadline in 2020 was Oct 31.


Further Avenues of Assistance for Students to Explore

  • UW Biology Dept Scholarships & Awards: for UW Biology undergraduates to conduct research or take courses. Several opportunities.
  • UW Library Research Award for UW undergraduates working on a project that involves use of library and other information resources. 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, some of which could be relevant for students studying at FHL.


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