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The application for summer 2024 is now closed.

We recognize the considerable time and thought required of professionals in providing letters of recommendation for students. Applicants for the WHOI Summer Student Fellowship are required to provide two written references.

The following information may be of some assistance to you in deciding on the candidate’s suitability for the program. Fellowships are awarded to students who are completing their Junior year of undergraduate course work, majoring in any of the fields of science, math or engineering and with at least a tentative interest in oceanography and/or marine policy.

Each fellow pursues an independent research project under the guidance of a member of the WHOI research staff. No courses or services are required of the Fellows, but each must give an oral presentation of research progress at the end of the summer period and submit these results in a paper for staff review and approval. WHOI’s aim in this program is to give a promising group of science and engineering students early experience in oceanographic research that will assist them in their graduate and postgraduate career choices.

Thank you for the time and effort you have devoted on behalf of the applicant and in assisting us in the selection process.

Completed references will be accepted until February 5. Specific questions about the Fellowship should be addressed to the WHOI Undergraduate Programs Coordinator at