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Postdoctoral Scholarship

Scholarships designed to extend the education and training of the applicants and to advance their research careers 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:

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

Interdepartmental research, including with the Marine Policy Center, is also encouraged.


Applications will also be accepted from those with research interests on the following:

USGS/WHOI - areas of common interest between USGS and WHOI Scientific Staff.  The individual will interact with both USGS and WHOI based advisors on their research.


Criteria for awards include demonstrated research independence, productivity and novelty, and community service including contributions to making ocean sciences and engineering more diverse, equitable and welcoming.  Scholarships are awarded for 18-month appointments ($68,500 annual stipend; health and welfare and travel allowances; and a research budget).  Recipients are encouraged to pursue their own research interest mentored by resident staff.  Communication with potential WHOI advisors prior to submitting an application is encouraged. Completed applications must be received by October 15, 2022, to start any time after January 1, 2023 and before December 1, 2023. Awards will be announced in December. 


Further information about the Scholarships and application forms as well as links to the individual Departments and their research themes may be obtained at: 


A goal of the Postdoctoral Scholar Program is the long-term broadening  of participation in ocean science and engineering; women, minorities, veterans, those with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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