Fully-Funded: International Summer Student Fellowship program, USA 2024. APPLY NOW!

Woods Hole International Summer Student Fellowship program, USA 2024.APPLY NOW!

Woods Hole International Summer Student Fellowship programme

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.

Fellows also have many occasions to interact with current MIT-WHOI Joint Program graduate students, from the Q&A session designed specifically for that purpose to the Ethics in Science Workshop and a near-peer mentoring program.

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

More information
» Program Overview

Financial Matters/Housing

Summer Student Fellowship awards provide a weekly stipend for the ten- to twelve-week program. The stipend for the summer of 2024 is $680 per week.

Additional support is offered to help offset the cost of round-trip travel to Woods Hole. The 2024 travel allowance is $700.

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. This program is made possible through the generosity of friends of the Institution and grants from the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NSF-REU).
» Admissions


Thank you for your interest in the Summer Student Fellowship. The application for summer 2024 will open soon!

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 periodStudents who will graduate before the fellowship begins are not eligible to apply. The program is designed for students to participate in the last summer of their undergraduate years.

Applicants may be studying in any of the fields of science or engineering including but not limited to 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.

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


In addition to the on-line application form (see link in box on right), the following are required. All documents are submitted through the application platform:

  • A current CV or resume that shows 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.)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or others familiar with the applicant’s academic credentials (you may submit the name of one additional recommender for a maximum of 3). Your recommenders will receive a unique link to submit, more information here.
  • Research statement questions (short essay questions within the application):
    • How would a summer of research at WHOI benefit your education and career goals? (250 words max)
    • What qualities and characteristics will you bring to our program as a result of your life experiences, jobs and/or other activities? (200 words max)
    • Have you previously been involved in research or other projects as part of your classwork, a job, or an internship? Give an example of where you have used learned skills or knowledge to solve a problem. (200 words max)
    • 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 , WHOI Areas of Research and specific posted projects (2024 list coming soon). (200 words max)
    • Optional: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself? (200 words max)

Questions can be directed to:
Email: education@whoi.edu

Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59pm EST, February 5. Applicants will be notified of decisions in mid-March.

All students who are offered a position at this REU Site have until March 15th or later to accept or reject the offer. Any student who is asked to accept or reject an offer prior to March 15th should contact the NSF Division of Ocean Sciences REU Program Director, Elizabeth Rom.

Funding for this REU site is provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences located in Arlington, VA. (Award NSF REU OCE-1649563) The NSF contact for this program is Elizabeth Rom. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.

More information
» Program Overview
» Admissions


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