The Grass Fellowship Program

With these Fellowships, The Grass Foundation encourages independent research by investigators early in their careers and increases research opportunities for persons planning careers in neurobiological investigation.

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 at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) support investigator-designed, independent research projects.

While sharing space in the Grass Laboratory (Grass Lab), Fellows function as an intellectual and social group within the MBL community.

A weekly seminar series provides an opportunity for the Fellows to invite eminent investigators at the MBL to discuss their work.

In addition, the Forbes Lecturer, a prominent neuroscientist who is chosen annually, spends a portion of the summer in the Grass Lab interacting closely with Fellows.


  • Grass Fellowships provide funds to support an investigator, his/her spouse or legal domestic partner, and dependent children for one summer at the MBL in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Laboratory research space, equipment, housing, a meal allowance and round-trip travel expenses to the MBL are provided.


  • Applicants may be in the late stages of predoctoral training or be postdoctoral researchers.
  • Applicants should not attempt to combine a Grass Fellowship with writing a Ph.D. thesis.
  • Priority is given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to a research career and no prior research experience at the MBL (participation in an MBL course is not considered research experience and course alumni are encouraged to apply).
  • International applicants (not US citizens or resident aliens) must hold a J-1 visa for the entire duration of the fellowship.
  • The Grass Foundation is committed to diversity in all of its programs.

    The duration of the program is 14 weeks, from 30 May to 4 September.

    Preference will be given to applicants able to commit to the full 14-week program.

    Deadline: 10th December

    For more information and application, visit: The Grass Fellowship Program Website

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