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Get Your Hands On Research! Apply Now for a Fellowship
In the MBL’s Science Journalism Program

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international center for research and education in biological and environmental sciences and an affiliate of the University of Chicago, invites journalists to apply for a fellowship in its Logan Science Journalism Program, to be held May 27 to June 5, 2015. The deadline to apply is March 2.

Since 1986, this program has plunged journalists into laboratory or field research in one of the most dynamic settings for scientific discovery in the world. Fellows choose between one of two courses: the Environmental Hands-On Research Course or the Biomedical Hands-On Research course. The main emphasis is on research activities, enriched by discussions, scientific talks, and excursions.

“This kind of [research] experience should be a requisite part of the career of any science journalist.”
—Erik Olsen, The New York Times (2013 MBL Environmental Fellow)

Alumni of the MBL’s Logan Science Journalism Program include hundreds of prominent journalists from U.S. and international media outlets. Read some of their testimonials here.

Salt marsh at Plum Island, Mass. Credit: DS Johnson

Salt marsh at Plum Island, Mass. Credit: DS Johnson

Fellows in the 2015 Environmental Hands-On Course will experience field and laboratory science immersion both at the MBL and at the Plum Island Long Term Ecological Research site north of Boston, Mass., where they will discover firsthand how human activities are shaping the health and functioning of a coastal ecosystem.

Fellows in the Biomedical Hands-On Course will gain exposure to the fundamental techniques and concepts of cell and molecular biology that underlie many approaches to current biomedical research.

Limited extended-stay fellowships will be awarded to Biomedical fellows to remain in Woods Hole during the dynamic MBL summer season, and to Environmental fellows to travel to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska (pending program funding). Completion of the relevant Hands-On Course is a requirement to apply for an extended-stay fellowship.

To apply, please visit and submit an application by March 2, 2015. Domestic travel, room and board, and all course and activity fees are underwritten by the fellowship.


The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.