Fellowship Overview

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Rachel Parkinson, Postdoc at the University of Saskatchewan; Laura Cocas, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University; Y. Kate Hong, Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

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Due to continuing health and safety concerns, and the ongoing need to maintain social distancing, the Grass Foundation regrets to say that we will not be accepting new applications for the 2021 fellowship. Most of the 2020 fellows will be returning in person to the Grass Lab at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Wood Hole, MA in 2021.

Applications for 2022 will be accepted until December 5, 2021. Please check this website’s home page or the Foundation’s Twitter page for updates.


Grass Fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA, support investigator-designed, independent research projects by scientists early in their career. Supported approaches include neurophysiology, biophysics, integrative neurobiology, neuroethology, neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, systems neuroscience, cellular and developmental neurobiology, and computational approaches to neural systems. The Foundation also has a longstanding interest in epilepsy-related research.


Grass Fellowships provide research support including laboratory space, animals, equipment and supplies for one summer at the MBL. Additionally, the investigator, his/her spouse or legal domestic partner, and dependent children are provided housing, a daily meal allowance and round-trip travel to the MBL.

Fellows function as an intellectual and social group within the MBL scientific community while sharing space in the Grass Laboratory. In a weekly private seminar series, eminent investigators at the MBL discuss their work with the Fellows. In addition, a yearly Forbes Lecturer will spend a portion of the summer in the Grass Lab interacting with Fellows.

Child care benefits are available and supported by the Foundation.


Early investigators (late stage predoctoral trainees and beyond) are eligible to apply. This includes applicants with prior experience at MBL or with the Grass Foundation (MBL course alumni are encouraged to apply). Priority is given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a research career. Please see FAQ page on website or contact the Program Coordinator for more information. International Fellows (i.e., not US citizens or resident aliens) must hold a valid visa (e.g. J-1, H-1B, F1 or F1-OPT) for the entire duration of the fellowship. Please contact us early in case you need to adjust your visa status! The Grass Foundation values diversity in all of its programs.


The duration of the program is 14 weeks starting Memorial Day Monday; for exact dates click here.


The Trustees of The Grass Foundation judge an applicant’s ability to organize and present pertinent information, the scientific merit of the proposed research, and evidence of an applicant’s ability to work independently. Approximately 10-12 Grass Fellowships are awarded annually. Most Fellows share space in the Grass Lab; some arrange to work in the space of another MBL investigator.


Applications for the summer program must be received by 5 December. Applicants must ensure that the completed application and letters of recommendation are submitted by the deadline. Decisions will be announced by the last week in January.


Find more details in the  FAQ and many other places on this website or contact Dana Mock-Munoz de Luna, the Grass Fellowship Program Coordinator at MBL, at:

gfp@grassfoundation.org; Voice: +1-508.289.7521

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