Whitman Center Fellowships Supporting Funds

Since its founding in 1888, the Marine Biological Laboratory has served as a platform for scientists from around the world who come to the Laboratory to collaborate and conduct research. The Whitman Center is home for this vibrant community of scientists and Fellows that comprise more than 100 principal investigators from academic institutions around the world. This extraordinary group of scientists, some with long-established programs at MBL and some new to the MBL each year, come to work together and explore fundamental questions in biology and biomedical science.

Whitman Center Early Career Fellowships are typically designated for individuals who are less than 10 years from their doctoral degree.

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Robert Day Allen Fellowship Fund
This fellowship fund honors the memory of Professor R. D. Allen of Dartmouth College and the MBL. Dr. Allen was a distinguished investigator of cell motility processes, a leading microscopist, and one of the developers of video-enhanced optical microscopy with differential interference contrast. The award is for a young investigator committed to research on cell motility and cytoarchitecture, and contributes toward the costs of summer research at the MBL.

John M. Arnold Award
Established in 2007 this award funds an unfunded retired or senior researcher in any field of study.

Frederik B. and Betsy G. Bang Fellowship Fund
Summer fellowships honoring the late Frederik B. Bang, M.D., are offered for the study of the immune capability of marine animals and more generally for the use of marine models for research in molecular biology or biomedicine. Funds primarily support laboratory space and research expenses.

The Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust Fellowship Fund
The Barbey Charitable Trust Fellowship provides support for Resident or Visiting investigators to conduct research on biological and ecological questions that relate to striped bass. Although priority is given to investigators who work on these fish, research questions that relate to their predators and prey will also be considered. Funds support housing, laboratory space, and supplies, if needed.

The Baxter Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund
Baxter International, Inc. has established a Fellowship Fund for postdoctoral investigators in the biological and biomedical sciences. This permanently endowed fellowship fund supports a scientist undertaking independent research at the Marine Biological Laboratory in the summer.

The Eugene and Millicent Bell Fellowship Fund in Tissue Engineering at the MBL will provide a research award to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or faculty pursuing research in a variety of biomedical questions that advance our knowledge of biological composition and function at levels ranging from molecules to cells, to tissue, to organs and whole organisms. This work is grounded in a solid base of chemistry, physics, math and biology and aims to expand the possibilities for tissue and organ reconstitution and replacement.

The Laura and Arthur Colwin Endowed Summer Research Fellowship Fund
This endowed fund provides support for independent investigators conducting research in the fields of cell and developmental biology during the summer months at the MBL.

The Plum Foundation John E. Dowling Fellowship Fund
Established in honor of Dr. John E. Dowling, this fellowship fund helps underwrite the costs of room and board, supplies, and laboratory space rental for outstanding applicants pursuing research on the neurobiology of vision and retinal research.

The Fischbach Fellowship
This permanent endowed fund is established to support the research of a summer investigator who embodies the values and intellectual curiosities of the fellowship’s namesake.

The Erik B. Fries Endowed Fellowship Fund
Established by the estate of Erik B. Fries, a biology professor at City College of New York, course director of MBL’s Botany Course in the early 1900s, and a long-time Woods Hole resident, this endowed fund will be used to defray laboratory or library expenses of independent investigators at the MBL. Preference is given to investigator members of the Department of Biology of the City College of New York.

M. G. F. Fuortes Fellowship Fund
Established in memory of M. G. F. Fuortes, a renowned neurophysiologist, this endowed summer fellowship fund is available to young investigators working in the neurosciences.

The Great Generation Fund for Research and Education at the MBL
This fund was created to support scientists at all levels for summer research.

The H. Keffer Hartline and Edward F. MacNichol, Jr. Fellowship Fund
This Fellowship Fund was established in memory of H. Keffer Hartline and his impact on sensory science. Dr. Hartline came to the MBL as a young scientist and “discovered” the eye of the horseshoe crab. He initiated his pioneering studies of the eye in 1929 and continued this research at the MBL for many summers. This fund provides support for scientists to carry out research in sensory neurobiology.

The E. E. Just Endowed Research Fellowship Fund
This fellowship honors Dr. Ernest Everett Just’s contributions to developmental biology and experimental embryology. Dr. Just was the first African American to be professionally recognized for his scientifi c work, and much of it was accomplished at the MBL during the early part of the 1900s. This fellowship will underwrite an outstanding minority scientist’s participation in research at the MBL.

Ann E. Kammer Memorial Fellowship Fund
In memory of Ann E. Kammer, a renowned zoologist, this endowed summer fellowship fund is available to women investigators, with a preference given to those working in the neurosciences.

Fred Karush Endowed Library Readership
The Karush family has established an MBL/WHOI Library Readership in Fred Karush’s memory for qualifying scientists. This fund provides the fees for desk rental and full privileges in the MBL/WHOI Library, on a monthly basis, each summer.

Stephen W. Kuffler Fellowship Fund
Established in memory of Stephen Kuffler, who initiated the MBL Neurobiology Course, this fund is intended to encourage the career development of promising young investigators by helping to support them in the intense intellectual atmosphere of the MBL for the summer. It covers part of the costs of laboratory rental, housing, and other personal expenses.

Lucy B. Lemann Fellowship Fund
Established in memory of Lucy B. Lemann, a Woods Hole neighbor who worked to educate the public on environmental issues and nuclear disarmament, this endowed fellowship fund helps support the costs of summer research at the MBL.

Frank R. Lillie Fellowship
This fellowship was established in memory of Frank R. Lillie, a distinguished developmental biologist and the laboratory’s director for many years. The award provides a research laboratory and funds for supplies.

James A. and Faith Miller Memorial Fund
This fellowship provides funds for summer research at the MBL in any relevant discipline, with preference given to developmental biology.

Nikon Fellowship
A summer fellowship at the MBL is available to a young investigator doing research in an area of biology in which she or he can make extensive use of advanced microscopy or micro-manipulation systems provided by Nikon, Inc. for their laboratory and also benefit from the technical expertise offered by Nikon, Inc. to support these instruments. This generous fellowship includes a summer laboratory, housing, and a budget for incidental expenses, equipment rental, and supplies.

Elisabet Samuelsson Director’s Discretionary Fund
The fund was created to foster careers in science for young investigators in the Life Sciences at the MBL.

The Evelyn and Melvin Spiegel Fellowship Fund
Established with funds provided by the Sprague Foundation and various individuals, this fellowship fund supports summer research at the MBL in any relevant discipline, with preference given to developmental biology.