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The Applied Physics Laboratory welcomes graduate and undergraduate student researchers, supporting them through individual grants and contracts of APL-UW scientists and engineers.

Graduate students are matched with skilled researchers for leadership roles in field and lab programs.

Undergraduates are integrated directly into their APL-UW advisor’s research projects, serve as co-authors of research articles in peer-reviewed journals, and present research results at national and international scientific conferences.

To work with an APL-UW scientist or engineer, you must:

  • First apply to and be accepted by your academic department of choice (e.g., Electrical Engineering, Oceanography, etc.) because APL-UW does not grant degrees,
  • Then contact a prospective APL-UW advisor

Diverse + Inclusive Naval Oceanographic (DINO) Summer Internship Program (SIP)

This internship program for undergraduate students provides opportunities to experience and conduct research, participate in professional development, build community with young scientists, and learn to navigate a career in maritime and oceanographic science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields.

The internship is hosted by APL-UW from mid-June to mid-August. Interns receive a stipend of $6000, housing, and limited travel expenses.

Applications due 1 March 2024.

Science & Engineering Enrichment & Development

The Laboratory's postdoctoral fellowship program provides scholars an opportunity to explore their individual research interests within the Lab's areas of expertise in a soft-money research environment. The program is designed to recruit scholars for interdisciplinary research experiences involving more than one APL-UW department, area of focus, discipline, and mentor.

  • Recruitment cycle = each year September – May
  • Two fellowships are available each year
  • Each position is a 100% appointment with a 2-year duration
  • Salary, relocation and startup funding competitive

Qualifications + How to Apply

Advancing Student Research  

APL-UW faculty advise and mentor several dozen graduate students every year. This facet of the education experience works best when mentor and mentee are proactively engaged in a partnership that evolves over time as the student advances in their studies and research.

The UW has distilled the essence of this relationship and provides guidance and strategies to maximize its benefits. Graduate student mentoring at APL-UW is based on this comperhensive and flexible approach.

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