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Special Notice for Summer 2021:

The directors, the principal lecturers, and the GFD faculty have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 GFD summer program. This is not a decision that was taken lightly, but the pandemic situation is still grave, and travel (particularly international) is very difficult. There is no real sign that there will be sufficiently significant change by June 2021 to allow in-cottage activity for the whole program, which is the essence of GFD. Although the 2021 GFD program will not take place virtually, online activities are being planned. Details will follow.

Application Materials


To be eligible for a Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Fellowship, applicants must be graduate students in any field sharing a common interest in the nonlinear dynamics of rotating, stratified fluids. These fields include classical fluid dynamics, physical oceanography, meteorology, astrophysics, planetary atmospheres, geological fluid dynamics, hydromagnetics, physics and applied mathematics.

Fellows will be expected to attend the full ten weeks of the Program, complete a research project pursued under the supervision of the staff, and present a lecture and a written report for a proceedings volume at the end of the program.


In addition to the formal application form, the following are required

  • A current CV or resume that shows educational background and work experience;
  • At least three written recommendations. You must ask your reference writers to submit these letters. We do not contact your references to request letters;
  • A short statement (1 page or less double-spaced) that outlines your educational background and provides a synopsis, for the non-specialist, of your studies and research to date; and
  • A short statement (1 page or less double-spaced) of what you might hope to accomplish in a GFD Fellowship at WHOI.


Applications for Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Fellowships are welcome from graduate students with an academic interest in the nonlinear dynamics of fluid flows. The application can be completed on-line using the link to the left.

Completed applications will be accepted until February 15. Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.

Once you have completed an on-line application you will be prompted to create an account to submit any remaining application materials, or to monitor the status of you application.  Please note that you will not be able to edit your application once you have submitted it.  You may login to your account using the link to the right.

Further information may also be obtained by contacting:

The GFD Steering Committee
Academic Programs Office, Clark Laboratory, MS #31
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
266 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1541
(508) 289-2950
Fax: (508) 457-2115

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Organization

See Also Starting Fall 2021

Online Application Form

Online Reference Form

Application Status Login
(Requires a login username and password.)