In 1968 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) entered into an agreement to conduct a cooperative academic program leading to graduate degrees in oceanography and in oceanographic engineering. Joint degrees are single documents awarded by both institutions.
Scientists and students gather for a ten-week research and study program in Woods Hole each summer to explore specific topics in the general area of geophysical fluid dynamics. Up to ten competitive fellowships are available for graduate students.
Eighteen-month Postdoctoral Scholar awards are offered to recipients of new or recent doctorates in the fields of chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and biology as well as oceanography. The awards are designed to further the education and training of the applicant with primary emphasis placed on the individual's research promise.
Postdoctoral Fellows may be appointed in two types of categories: Postdoctoral Scholar Fellows supported by Institution scholarship funds, or Postdoctoral Fellows who have been competitively awarded national or international postdoctoral fellowships.
The Semester at WHOI is offered in the fall semester for juniors or seniors majoring in science, engineering or mathematics. The program features coursework in ocean science and a semester-long research project advised by a WHOI scientist or engineer.
The Summer Student Fellow program brings bright, talented students to Woods Hole to learn more about ocean science, attend lectures by Woods Hole scientists, and conduct independent research working alongside world-class scientists.