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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship program in the US.

Deadline: February 5th

A research project is at the heart of the Summer Student Fellowship program. All Fellows work on a project selected in collaboration with their sponsor(s) that will provide meaningful results in one summer’s work. Project topics span the vast spectrum of research in ocean sciences and engineering conducted in WHOI’s science departments and the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center of the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Fellowship recipients have the opportunity to attend and participate in a busy schedule of talks, seminars and a hands-on, one-day ocean sampling cruise onboard the R/V Tioga focusing on data collection and sampling methods with advanced oceanographic technology and instruments.

Who is Eligible

They accept international students into the Summer Student Fellowship Program. Our Foreign National Advisor will assist fellowship recipients in obtaining the necessary J-1 Visa paperwork. Documented proof of English Language Proficiency will be required to obtain a J-1 Visa. If you are currently attending a U.S. institution/university on an F-1 Visa, you will need to discuss Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) with your current institution or university's International Officer or F-1 Program Officer to determine if you are eligible to participate.

  • Summer Student Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students who will have completed their junior year at colleges or universities by the start of the fellowship period.

  • Students who will graduate before the fellowship begins are not eligible to apply.

  • Preference is given to students studying in any of the fields of science or engineering including but not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, oceanography, and marine policy. Students must have at least a tentative interest in the ocean sciences, oceanographic engineering, or marine policy.

  • Through the Summer Student Fellowship program, WHOI's aim is to provide promising students with a meaningful first-hand introduction to research in oceanography, oceanographic engineering, or marine policy.

  • Members of groups underrepresented in ocean science and engineering are encouraged to apply.

  • WHOI actively recruits underrepresented minorities in ocean science as defined by the National Science Foundation (African-, Hispanic- and Native-Americans and Pacific Islanders) in all of our education programs, as well as programs of the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative, such as the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program.

Program Requirements

  • All Summer Student Fellows are expected to present a mid-summer progress report. At the end of the summer, all Summer Fellows are required to prepare a written report describing their research.

  • Summer Student Fellows are also required to make a public oral or poster presentation of their results.

  • All Fellows are required to attend the Summer Lecture Series as well as the Ethics in Science Workshop.

  • In addition, Fellows are encouraged to participate in the busy summer schedule of seminars and events in the Woods Hole scientific community, which provides an excellent introduction to the many facets of marine science.

Financial Matters/Housing

Stipend Summer Student Fellowship awards provide a weekly stipend for the ten- to twelve-week program. The stipend for the summer of 2021 is $650 per week.

Travel Additional support is offered to help offset the cost of round-trip travel to Woods Hole. The 2021 travel allowance is $700.

Housing Fellowship awards include Institution housing. WHOI housing is typically a shared-room in a shared-unit, with two single beds per room. Fellows will be e-mailed an electronic receipt for tax purposes at the end of the summer.

(Please note: International students are required to pay a 14% U.S. Federal income tax on stipend payments, travel allowances and the fair market value of their WHOI housing. This tax will be deducted from their stipend payments through Payroll deductions.)

Through this program of Fellowship grants, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's aim is to give a promising group of science and engineering students experience that will assist them in determining whether they wish to devote careers to the study of the oceans.

Application Requirements

Online application form, the following are required:

  • A current CV or resume that shows the educational background and work experience

  • A current unofficial transcript, a PDF document. (Note: An Official Transcript will be required from any applicant who receives a Summer Student Fellowship.)

  • At least two letters of recommendation from professors or others familiar with the applicant's academic credentials (References will not be contacted automatically, please send them to the References page.)

  • A completed Course Record worksheet (within the application) listing undergraduate coursework by subject category, a primary textbook used for each course, and the grade received for completing the course

  • A research statement, no longer than three double-spaced, typewritten pages, that addresses the following five questions:

  • How would a summer of research at WHOI benefit your education and career plans?

  • What skills do you expect to obtain from this research experience?

  • What qualities and characteristics will you bring to our program as a result of your work/activities/other life experiences?

  • Have you previously been involved in research projects as part of your classwork, a job or an internship? If so, what did you gain from this experience?

  • What areas of marine research are you interested in and why? You may refer to a specific lab at WHOI or a general area, see WHOI Departments and WHOI Areas of Research

  • And please include anything else you would like our selection committee to know about you that hasn’t already been covered.



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