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Smithsonian Institution - Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: 1/15/2013

The Smithsonian Institution provides a number of fellowships to support research and study in a variety of fields. The Smithsonian, located in Washington, DC, is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

Graduate Student Fellowship - allows 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.

Predoctoral Fellowship- allows 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 Fellowship - available for scholars up to seven years beyond the Ph.D. The stipend is $45,000 per year plus allowances, except for fellowships in earth and planetary sciences, which provide $50,000 per year. Term: three to twelve months.

Senior Fellowship - for scholars more than seven years beyond the Ph.D.  Term: three to twelve months.  Stipend: $45,000 per year plus allowances

Latino Studies Fellowship - offers awards to U.S. Latino/a postdoctoral scholars to pursue research related to Latino history, art, and culture using Smithsonian resources.  These fellowships can be three to twelve months with the opportunity to spend up to a third of the time in the field.  The postdoctoral and senior fellowships offer a stipend of $45,000 plus allowances.

Minority Visiting Student Fellowship - offers internships and visiting student awards to increase participation of U.S. minority groups who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field. Visiting Student Awards are available for currently enrolled advanced graduate students.

Molecular Evolution Fellowship - supports research that uses the resources and research opportunities offered at the National Zoological Park (Washington, D.C.), the National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.) or the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama).

Biodiversity Genomics and Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellowship - promotes collaborative research in these fields, plus a well-defined outreach component oriented toward building genomics expertise in the greater SI research community. Research should involve comparative genomic approaches such as phylogenomics, population genomics, metagenomics or transcriptomics, and have a component that involves significant bioinformatics analysis.

Postgraduate Fellowships in Conservation of Museum Collections - offered to recent graduates of masters programs in art conservation or the equivalent or conservation scientists, including those at the postdoctoral level, who wish to conduct research and gain further training in Smithsonian conservation laboratories for a period of one year. 

MUSEUMS & RESEARCH CENTERS and their associated fellowships: 

National Air and Space Museum
Guggenheim Fellowship
A. Verville Fellowship
Postdoctoral Earth and Planetary Sciences Fellowship
The Charles A. Lindbergh Fellowship
Ramsey Fellowship in Naval Aviation History

National Museum of American History
Lemelson Center Fellowships

National Museum of the American Indian
Conservation Department Program
Native Arts Program

National Museum of Natural History
American Indian Program
Peter Buck Fellowship Program

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Fellowships in American Art
Douglass Foundation Fellowship in American Art
Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellowship
James Renwick Fellowship in American Crafts
Sara Roby Fellowship in Twentieth-Century American Realism
Joshua C. Taylor Fellowship
Terra Foundation for American Art Fellowships
Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Predoctoral Fellowships
Postdoctoral Fellowships
Visiting Scientist Program

Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Fellowships in Museum Practice

Smithsonian Gardens
The Enid A. Haupt Fellowship in Horticulture

Smithsonian Latino Center
Smithsonian Institute for the Interpretation and Representation of Latino Culture

Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Resident Scholar Program in the History of Science and Technology

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Three-year Postdoctoral Fellowships in Tropical Biology
Short-Term Appointments at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Short-term Fellowships for Students in Latin America, especially Central America and Panama
CTFS Research Grants Program

Under Secretary For Science
Smithsonian Marine Science Network Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

For additional information on fellowships, visit the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Fellowships and Internships website.

Office of Fellowships
Smithsonian Institution
470 L'Enfant Plaza SW Suite 7102 MRC 902
PO Box 37012
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Fax: 202-786-2866


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