Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

Degree Level: Graduate

Field of Study: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, or Arts & Humanities, or Social Sci., Business, Law, Education

Location: United States

Duration: Short term (less than one year), or One year, or Multi-year

Deadlines: January. Please check website below for the specific date.


As part of its mandate for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge," including the diverse ideas, skills, and cultures of our nation, the Smithsonian Institution pursues policies of equal opportunity and cultural diversity. Smithsonian fellowships and internships are awarded on the basis of these policies. Applicants are evaluated on their academic standing, scholarly qualifications, experiences, the quality of the research project or study proposed and its suitability to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and programs.

Fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution provide students and scholars with opportunities to pursue independent research projects in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff.

Awards are available for graduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral and senior fellowships.

Award Details

Amount: varies; $6,000-$47,000

Duration: 10 weeks to 24 months

Degree: graduate/PhD/postdoctoral

Fields of Study: Fields of interest to Smithsonian researchers, especially animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including an emphasis on the tropics, anthropology, including archaeology, astrophysics and astronomy, earth sciences and paleobiology, evolutionary and systematic biology, history of science and technology, history of art, especially American, contemporary, african, and Asian art, twentieth-century, american crafts, and decorative arts, social and cultural history of the United States, folklife, materials research