Scholarship Overview

  • Country: United States of America (USA)
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
  • Funded by: WHOI partners
  • Tuition Type: Full tuition
  • Degree Program: Fellowship program
  • Scholarship Amount: $680 stipend per week for 12 weeks, $700 travel allowance, and housing
  • Separate Application Required?: Not needed
  • Deadline: February 5, 2024.
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Scholarship Benefits

Stipend Amount: $680 stipend per week for 12 weeks

Living Stipend: Housing is provided

Payment Frequency: Weekly

 Tuition Fee Waiver Duration: 10 to 12 weeks

Review the Offer Closely: Ensure all details like amount, duration and conditions meet your needs.

Duration: Scholarship benefits are provided for a limited period of the degree program.

WHOI aims to offer a meaningful first hand research introduction through the Summer Student Fellowship program.


Applications are welcomed, especially from underrepresented groups in ocean science and engineering.

  • Undergraduates who complete their junior year at colleges or universities before the fellowship period begins.
  • Applicants ineligible for graduation before the fellowship start are excluded.
  • The program targets students in their final undergraduate summer.
  • Preference is extended to those in science or engineering, encompassing fields such as chemistry, biology, geology, engineering, geophysics, meteorology, mathematics, oceanography, physics, and marine policy. A minimal interest in oceanographic engineering, ocean sciences, or marine policy is required.

Steps to apply

To be accepted into the program, each candidate must go through a comprehensive assessment. Candidates are evaluated on their past academic as well as scientific accomplishments, potential, interests as upcoming ocean engineers or scientists. Significance is placed on aligning each fellow with a suitable advisor from WHOI’s Scientific or Senior Technical Staff. Final determinations will be reached in mid-March.

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Additional Information

Before Accepting an Offer:

Applicants must carefully review the Scholarship Benefits and Conditions document.

This outlines all terms, requirements, and policies scholars must agree to.

  • International candidates may also apply for the Summer Student Fellowship Program. Such applicants can seek assistance from WHOI’s Foreign National Advisor for the essential J-1 Visa documentation. To secure a J-1 Visa, verifiable evidence of English Language Proficiency is mandatory.
  • For those presently enrolled in a U.S. university or institution on an F-1 Visa, consultation with your institution’s F-1 Program Officer or International Officer is necessary. This discussion aims to explore the possibilities of Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT) eligibility.

International students must fulfill a 14% U.S. Federal income tax obligation on their weekly stipend payments, travel payments, and the fair-market worth of provided WHOI housing. The deduction of this tax occurs through payroll deductions from their stipend payments.

For Summer 2024 participation, eligibility hinges on considerations related to Visa status and potential travel restrictions linked to COVID-19.

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