Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowship

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, Barnstable County
Starting at $62,250
Sep 14, 2020
Oct 14, 2020
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Scholarships are available to new or recent doctoral graduates in diverse areas of research.  Applications will be accepted from doctoral recipients with research interests associated with the following:

Departments - Applicants who wish to conduct research on topics of general interest to one or more of the departments are encouraged to apply.  Interdepartmental research, including with the Marine Policy Center, is also encouraged.  The Departments are:

  • Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering
  • Biology
  • Geology & Geophysics
  • Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry
  • Physical Oceanography

A joint USGS/WHOI award will be given to a postdoc whose research is in an area of common interest between USGS and WHOI Scientific Staff.  The individual will interact with both USGS and WHOI based advisors on their research.

The Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity (CMER) will award a fellowship for research on natural and human-made radioactive substances in the environment including the study of their sources and fate or use as tracers of ocean processes.

The National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility (NOSAMS) will award a fellowship in the development and implementation of new techniques in marine science radiocarbon studies.

The Ocean Bottom Seismic Instrument Center (OBSIC) will award a postdoctoral fellowship for research on the earth’s internal structure and earthquake processes using seafloor seismic measurements.

The Ocean Twilight Zone (OTZ) project will award a fellowship for research on twilight zone (100-1000 m) ecosystems and processes, including biomass, biodiversity, life histories and behavior, trophic interactions, links to the global carbon cycle, and ways to engage scientists with stakeholders. 



Recipients of awards are selected competitively, with primary emphasis placed on research promise. Scholarships are awarded for 18-month appointments with a stipend of $62,250 per year, a health and welfare allowance and a modest research budget.  Recipients are encouraged to pursue their own research interest in association with resident Scientific and Senior Technical Staff.  Communication with potential WHOI advisors prior to submitting an application is encouraged. Completed applications must be received by October 15, 2020 for the 2021/2022 appointments. Awards will be announced in December.  Recipients of awards can initiate their study and research period at the Institution any time after January 1, 2021 and before December 1, 2021.

Further information about the Scholarships and application forms as well as links to the individual Departments and their research themes may be obtained through the Academic Programs section of the WHOI web pages at: