SPONSORING AGENCY: The Smithsonian Institution

PURPOSE: 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. Graduate Fellowships allow students to conduct research for ten-week periods in association with Smithsonian research staff members. Predoctoral, Postdoctoral, and Senior Fellowships allow students to conduct research for periods of three to twelve months.


  • American History, American Material and Folk Culture, and the History of Music and Musical Instruments
    History of Science and Technology
    History of Art, Design, Crafts, and the Decorative Arts
    Anthropology, Archeology, Linguistics, and Ethnic Studies
    Evolutionary, Systematic, Behavioral, Environmental Biology and Conservation
    Earth, Mineral, and Planetary Science
    Materials Characterization and Conservation


  • Graduate Student Fellowships: 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. Fellowships allow research for ten-week periods.
  • Predoctoral Fellowships: 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 for a three- to twelve-month period.
  • Postdoctoral and Senior Fellowships: Postdoctoral applicants must have held the doctoral degree or equivalent for fewer than seven years as of the application deadline. Senior Fellowship applicants must 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 two years in advance.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION: 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.


  • Senior and Postdoctoral - $45,000 per year
    Earth and Planetary Sciences Senior and Postdoctoral - $50,000 per year
    Predoctoral - $30,000 per year
    Graduate Students - $6,500

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 15 annually

For additional information and application materials, please visit the Smithsonian Institution Fellowships Home Page.