Whitman Center Research Awards

The Marine Biological Laboratory, a hub for research and education and an affiliate of the University of Chicago, convenes biologists from around the world each year to advance the mission of biological discovery.  Support is available for scientists to come to the Marine Biological Laboratory for 4 to 10 weeks to conduct research.

We particularly encourage applications from individuals or collaborative groups focused on the following:

  • Evolutionary, genetic, and genomic approaches in regenerative and developmental biology, microbiomes, and neuroscience with an emphasis on marine organisms
  • Integrated imaging and computational approaches to illuminate cellular function and biology emerging from the study of marine and other organisms

The 2017 Awards program is open to all scientists.  Some of the funding is available specifically for Whitman Center Early Career Awards, which are designated for individuals who are less than 10 years from their doctoral degree and who wish to focus on these areas of biological discovery.

Whitman Center Research Awardee Jocelyn Malamy from the University of Chicago working with undergraduate student Zach Kamran to see if a female jellyfish is ready to lay eggs. Photo by Elizabeth F. Armstrong.

Whitman Center Research Awardee Jocelyn Malamy from the University of Chicago working with undergraduate student Zach Kamran to see if a female jellyfish is ready to lay eggs. Photo by Elizabeth F. Armstrong.

Whitman Center Research Awards cover laboratory rental and housing costs.  The Whitman Center offers access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, innovative imaging technology, genome sequencing, availability of model freshwater and marine organisms, and modern laboratory facilities.

Whitman Center Research Awardees typically come to Woods Hole during the summer months when the Marine Biological Laboratory hosts hundreds of researchers, postdocs, and graduate students from around the world to participate in scientific discovery courses, research, lectures, and field studies.  As a convener of biology, the Marine Biological Laboratory is well known for fostering a highly collaborative environment, with scientists and students engaged in intensive research in a collegial and informal atmosphere.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of scientific merit. Eligible applicants must hold appointments at accredited universities, colleges, or research institutions anywhere in the world. The maximum number of Whitman Center Research Awards a researcher can receive is three.  The Marine Biological Laboratory is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of its research community.

How to Apply  
The application period is now over. Notification of decisions will be made by no later than February 15, 2017.  If you have any questions about the application, the awards, or the process, please see Whitman Center Research Award FAQ sheet, email the Division of Research at research@mbl.edu, or call 508-289-7173.