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Fellowships at the Smithsonian

Fellowships are offered by the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of the Institution. To browse all fellowship opportunities, visit the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships.

The following fellowships have suppported Recovering Voices researchers.

Graduate Student Fellowships – $6,500. These fellowships allow students to conduct research for ten-week periods in association with Smithsonian research staff members. Applicants must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, must have completed at least one semester, and must not yet have been advanced to candidacy in a doctoral program.

Deadline: January 15th (to start after June 1st)
Contact: Office of Fellowships and Internships
Phone: 202-633-7070 Email: siofi@si.edu

Predoctoral Fellowships – $30,000 per year. These fellowships allow students to conduct research for periods of three to twelve months. Applicants must have completed coursework and preliminary examinations for the doctoral degree, and must be engaged in dissertation research. In addition, candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct their doctoral research at the Smithsonian.

Postdoctoral and Senior Fellowships – $45,000 per year. Postdoctoral Fellowships of three to twelve months are available for scholars who have held the doctoral degree or equivalent for fewer than seven years as of the application deadline. Senior Fellowships of three to twelve months are available for scholars who have held the doctoral degree or equivalent for more than seven years as of the application deadline. Applications for senior fellowships may be made up to eighteen months in advance. Stipends for senior fellowships are the same as for the postdoctoral program, but the Smithsonian's stipend may be matched by other sources of funding such as a sabbatical salary.

    Deadline: January 15th (to start after June 1st)
    Contact: Office of Fellowships and Internships
    Phone: 202-633-7070 Email: siofi@si.edu

    Peter Buck Fellowship Program – $30,000 per year. The Peter Buck Fellowship Program offers Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellowships to those wishing to work with advisors at NMNH. Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowships are two to three years in duration, and awarded to scientists who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the last five years. Peter Buck Graduate Fellowships are one to two years in duration, and awarded to any student enrolled in or admitted to a Ph.D. program, as long as her or his advisor/coadvisor is on the staff of NMNH and the project involves full-time residency at the Museum and/or its permanent facilities during the fellowship period.

Deadline: January 15 (to start after June 1)
Contact: Scott Wing, National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Phone: (202) 633-1361 Email: wings@si.edu

Native American Community Scholars Awards$150 per day for up to 21 days, a travel allowance and a small research allowance. The Office of Fellowships offers awards to Native Americans who are formally or informally related to a Native American community to undertake individually designed research projects related to Native American topics and using Native American resources at the Smithsonian.

Appointments are available for currently enrolled advanced Native American graduate students who are formally or informally related to a Native American community. Visiting Students pursue independent research in association with Smithsonian staff.

Deadlines: February 1 (to start after June 1 or October 1); October 1 (to start after January 1)

Latino Studies Fellowship Program provides opportunities for U.S. Latino/a predoctoral students and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct research related to U.S. Latino history, art and culture in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and utilizing the resources of the Institution.

Deadline: January 15

Minority Awards Program is intended to increase participation of U.S. minority groups (U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents) who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs. This program is designed to provide undergraduate and beginning graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through direct experience in research or museum-related internship projects under the supervision of research and professional staff members at the Institution’s many museums, research institutes and offices. Internships and Visiting Student appointments are full-time (40 hours per week), for ten weeks during the summer, fall, or spring. Stipends are $600 per week, with additional travel allowances offered in some cases and a small research allowance for Visiting Students.

Deadlines: February 1 (for Summer and Fall); October 1 (for Spring)