November 28, 2015


Web Submission:
This is the quickest and easiest way to submit your application. Upon submission you will receive immediate e-mail notification that your application has been received along with a cover sheet to submit with the required supporting documentation.

If you have difficulty with the web submission, there are two alternatives to apply:

  1. Download Application: Use the (PDF) link to download a PDF version of the 2008 Course Application and type or handwrite in black ink the necessary information. Mail the application along with the required materials to the address below.
  2. Request an Application: Call or e-mail Carol Hamel, Admissions Coordinator, (508) 289-7401; and ask to have an application mailed or faxed to you. Mail the completed application along with the required materials to the address below.

Carol Hamel
Admissions Coordinator
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1015


Curriculum vitae: Enclose a copy of your curriculum vitae.

References: Please arrange for two individuals who are familiar with your academic and research background and goals to complete an Evaluation Form found at Sealed evaluations must be submitted together with other application materials and received in the MBL Admissions Office by February 1, 2008. Students are advised that the two required evaluations should not come from faculty members of the course to which they are applying. However, recommendations from course faculty members may be submitted as supplemental third evaluations.

Transcripts: Undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required of applicants currently enrolled in graduate school. M.D.s and Ph.D.s need only submit graduate school transcripts. Although official copies are not required, originals should be submitted. If your institution outside the U.S. does not issue transcripts, we will accept copies of diplomas and certificates.
Test Scores: Graduate students should submit score reports from any graduate level test taken (GRE General, GRE Subject, MCAT, etc.). Official score reports are not required. Please note that ETS in Princeton does not release information to the MBL.

Statement of Goals: Please provide a one-page description of your goals for the next three years related to your reasons for wanting to take this course.

Summary of Research Experience: Please provide a chronological synopsis of research experience with list of publications, if any. Please do not submit reprints.

Statement of Your Expectations for the Course: Please discuss what you expect this course experience to be like, and what you personally expect to gain from attending it.

We would like to emphasize to applicants that MBL summer courses are extremely rigorous, requiring complete student participation in all aspects of the program for the full duration of the course. Proficiency in the English language is essential for course students. Morning lectures are held six days per week and usually last until lunchtime, often including small group discussions. Intensive hands-on laboratories begin after lunch and typically run late into the night or early morning hours. There are frequent guest lectures in the evenings, and Sundays may be devoted to experiments. There is little time for much else but course work. Please be aware of this as you prepare the statements requested of you below.

Deadline: Completed application forms and required supporting documentation must be received by February 1, 2012.   You will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decision by mid-March.

Financial Information:  
Tuition: $4,450.00
Room & Board: $4,000-$5,000

Financial assistance is available for participants in the summer courses, including non-U.S. citizens. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need. Candidates wishing to be considered for assistance must complete the Financial Aid Information Section included in this application. Scholarship requests are not a factor in admissions decisions.