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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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The Grass Foundation is pleased to announce that we are accepting new applications for the 2022 Grass Fellowship. We expect to award between six and nine new Fellowships to support innovative neuroscience research in the Grass Lab at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA in summer 2022. This smaller than usual number of new Fellowships is due to an anticipated ongoing need for social distancing in the Lab, and because several 2020 Fellows deferred their Fellowships until 2022.

Use this link to see detailed guidelines, and to access the application form. Applications for summer 2022 will be accepted until December 5, 2021. Please check 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 careers. 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 a stipend, 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 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. Typically, approximately 10-12 Grass Fellowships are awarded annually. (It is anticipated that, for summer 2022, 6-9 Fellowships will be awarded.) 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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