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Whitman Center Fellowship Program at the MBL

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The Marine Biological Laboratory, a hub for research and education and an affiliate of the University of Chicago, convenes biologists from around the world each year to advance the mission of biological discovery.  We are now accepting applications for Whitman Center Fellowships for the 2016 season. Support is available for scientists to come to the Marine Biological Laboratory for 4 to 10 weeks to conduct independent research.

We particularly encourage applications focused on the following:

  •      Evolutionary, genetic, and genomic approaches in regenerative and developmental biology and neuroscience with an emphasis on novel marine organisms
  •      Integrated imaging and computational approaches to illuminate cellular function and biology emerging from the study of marine and other organisms

The 2016 Fellowship Program includes Whitman Early Career Investigator Awards, specifically designated for individuals less than 10 years from their doctoral degree who wish to focus on these areas of biological discovery.

Whitman Center Fellowships cover laboratory rental and housing costs.  The Whitman Center offers access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, innovative imaging technology, genome sequencing, availability of model freshwater and marine organisms, and modern laboratory facilities.

Whitman Fellows typically come to Woods Hole during the summer months when the Marine Biological Laboratory hosts hundreds of researchers, postdocs, and graduate students from around the world to participate in scientific discovery courses, research, lectures, and field studies.  As a convener of biology, the Marine Biological Laboratory is well known for fostering a highly collaborative environment, with scientists and students engaged in intensive research in a collegial and informal atmosphere.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of scientific merit. Eligible applicants must hold appointments at accredited universities, colleges or research institutions anywhere in the world, Researchers who have received Whitman Center Fellowships more than twice previously are not eligible.  The Marine Biological Laboratory is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of its research community.

How to Apply  To apply for a Whitman Center Fellowship, click here.  Completed applications are due by 11:59 pm EST, December 15, 2015.  Notification of decisions will be made by no later than March 1, 2016.  If you have any questions about the application, the fellowships, or the process, please see Whitman Center Fellowship Program FAQ sheet, email the Office of Research Administration & Programs at, or call 508-289-7173.

Last Updated: 2015-12-01