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Summer Student Fellowship

Short-cycle tertiary education (ISCED 2011 level 5)


Cost No tuition (accepted participants provided with a stipend)

The Summer Student Fellowship is running remotely this summer! Applications for 2021 will open in November.

A research project is at the heart of the Summer Student Fellowship program. All Fellows are expected to 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 Field Station 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. The cruise is especially designed for Fellows and not only provides practical training but also brings the group together socially through a shared field experience.

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.

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.  More information can be obtained by contacting

Structural components
Ship training
Industry partners
Summer schools
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

Selection Process

Fellows are selected based on the applicant's previous academic and scientific achievements and promise as future ocean scientists or ocean engineers. Important consideration is given to matching each fellow with an appropriate advisor on WHOI's Scientific or Senior Technical Staff. The program is very competitive, with an average of about twelve percent of the applicants receiving awards. Decisions will be made in mid-March.


Admission requirements and information can be found here.

Grant opportunities

Summer Student Fellowship awards provide a weekly stipend for the ten- to twelve-week program. The stipend for the summer of 2020 is $650 per week. (Please note: International students will have a 14% U.S. Federal income tax deducted from their stipend payments.)

Fellowship recipients who are coming from outside of the US will receive help and information from our Foreign National Advisor in obtaining the proper paperwork for visas. 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.

Institution housing is provided for all Fellowship recipients. With advanced notice, a housing allowance can also be granted to Fellows who may choose to find their own housing in the Woods Hole community. However, it is highly recommended that Summer Fellows live in WHOI housing in order to more fully appreciate their Summer Fellowship experience. Housing preferences must be made clear prior to the start of the program.


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.

ISCED Categories

Personal skills and communication
Project management
Conservation and environmental management
Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography
Scientific modelling