The deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.

The application forms for the Biomedical and Environmental Hands-On Research courses are different. Please make sure you use the form for the program to which you want to apply.

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Application for Biomedical Hands-On Research Course

Application for Environmental Hands-On Research Course

In addition to the SJP application form, applicants must submit the following supplemental material (one electronic copy of each, collated by section A-G.)

A. Statement (not to exceed 1,000 words) describing your journalistic experience and professional goals, and explaining how this fellowship will benefit your career. (To be provided by all applicants.)

B. A list of science courses taken after high school and a brief description of any science laboratory or research experience you have had. (To be provided by all applicants.)

C. Biomedical Hands-On Course applicants who wish to apply for an extended Woods Hole Fellowship: In less than 500 words, please explain whether you prefer to audit an MBL Summer Course or spend the time attending various lectures and visiting MBL labs; the reason for your choice; and whether you wish the extended fellowship to be one or two weeks. See the MBL’s website for course descriptions.

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C. Environmental Hands-On Course applicants who wish to apply for an Arctic Field Experience Fellowship: Please submit a statement (less than 500 words) on how this experience would benefit your professional pursuits. The Arctic Field Experience is subject to funding availability. The fellowship dates (typically in June or July) will be determined together with accepted fellows.

D. Four samples of your science writing or editing. Samples must be in English and submitted as PDFs.  At least two samples should have been published within the last two years. Do not send works-in-progress or other unpublished works or elaborate presentations such as complete books, newspapers, magazines, or scrapbooks. Broadcast samples should be 30 minutes or less. Editors or broadcast directors should include brief descriptions of their involvement with each story. (To be provided by all applicants.)

E. A brief statement describing your proficiency in English. (To be provided by all applicants whose first language is not English.)

F. Two confidential letters of recommendation, mailed or e-mailed by the evaluators directly to the Logan Science Journalism Program at the MBL (, no later than March 1. Where possible, one letter should be from a current or recent supervisor of your professional work.


A group of fellows and faculty near Eel Pond on the MBL’s Woods Hole campus.
Photo by Melanie Kaplan