Hibbitt Early Career Fellows Program FAQ


  1. Who is eligible for a Hibbitt Fellowship?
    Those early in their careers studying marine organismal biology and/or marine microbial diversity and ecology who wish to establish their own research program as an alternative to traditional postdoctoral positions.  This includes recent Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) graduates with proven research excellence and those with a limited first postdoctoral experience.
  2. What are the terms of a Hibbitt Fellowship?  
    Fellows are appointed for a three-year term as full-time MBL employees, with the possibility of extending it to five years.
  3. What information will be required on the application?
    Fellows will be asked to submit a CV, a one-page statement of research accomplishments, an annotated list of top publications, a two-page summary of proposed research, a statement of the importance of the MBL environment/resources to the proposed research, three letters of recommendation, and if applicable, one letter from their sponsor/nominator.  Letters of recommendation can be uploaded into the application or emailed by the recommender directly to hibbittfellowsprogram@mbl.edu, using the applicant’s name as the subject line. If recommenders email letters directly, applicants must upload a list of recommenders’ names and contact information.
  4. Does my application require sponsorship from one of MBL’s “Faculty of 500”?
    While we anticipate many applicants will have sponsors who have an ongoing interaction with the MBL (e.g., a Whitman Center scientist, MBL Fellow, or resident scientist or an MBL Course Faculty member), anyone is invited to apply.
  5. What are the responsibilities of my sponsor/nominator?
    Sponsors are required to provide a nominating letter stressing the Fellow’s high potential for independent achievement at MBL; to mentor the Fellow, including regular interactions and periodic travel to/from MBL; to retain an affiliation with the MBL; and to be willing to co-mentor other Hibbitt Fellows.
  6. Is there an application deadline?
    Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by January 1, 2017, when we will begin to review materials.
  7. How will successful applicants be determined?
    A selection committee consisting of resident scientists, Whitman Center scientists, and MBL Fellows will review all applications and determine the most promising candidates.  These candidates will be brought in for interviews, and decisions will be made by spring 2017.
  8. Will the research be physically conducted at the MBL?
    Yes, Fellows will be assigned lab space in MBL’s Marine Resources Center and will be given office space as well.  They will also get the opportunity to travel periodically to other institutions to collaborate with colleagues and/or mentors.
  9. What expenses will be covered?
    Hibbitt Fellowships cover annual salary plus benefits, lab and office space, and a stipend for research expenses.  Housing is not included in the Fellowship; however, a local housing list is available.
  10. Will I have any teaching responsibilities?
    Fellows will not have formal teaching or administrative responsibilities, although they will have opportunities to participate in relevant MBL courses and workshops.
  11. Can Hibbitt Fellows write grants?
    Fellows are eligible to serve as PIs or co-PIs on extramural grant applications.
  12. What is your policy regarding visas for foreign researchers?
    International candidates are encouraged to apply.  Fellows who are not US citizens or resident aliens must hold a valid visa for the entire duration of the Fellowship and should contact MBL’s foreign national office (visas@mbl.edu) for guidance if required.
  13. If I receive a Fellowship, how do I get information on setting up my lab?
    The Division of Research publishes a guide that provides relevant information for all scientists coming to the MBL.
  14. Where can I get additional information about Hibbitt Fellowships?
    Contact MBL’s Division of Research at hibbittfellowsprogram@mbl.edu or 508-289-7173.
  15. Where can I find more information about the Woods Hole area?
    Visit http://www.woodshole.com or Woods Hole Wikipedia Page.