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Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

Smithsonian Institution

Description

The Smithsonian encourages access to its collections, staff specialties, and reference resources by visiting scholars, scientists, and students. The Institution offers in-residence appointments for research and study in fields which are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations, using its facilities, and the advice and guidance of its staff members.

At present these fields are: 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 United States Folklife.

Graduate students, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship tenures must begin between June 1, 2002 and March 1, 2003. Senior fellowship tenures must begin between June 1, 2002 and March 1, 2003. It is important that applicants consider the following factors carefully when choosing the dates for the proposed fellowship: their academic schedule; completion dates of their preliminary exams, course work, or dissertation; the schedule of their proposed advisor/host and the availability of required resources.

Predoctoral, postdoctoral and senior fellowships are awarded for periods of three to twelve months. Appointment periods are in accordance with the applicant's proposal for the research, unless the length of tenure requested is considered by reviewers to be more than required. All graduate student fellowships are ten weeks long. In accepting an appointment, the fellow will be expected to devote full-time effort to the research proposed and to be in residence at the Smithsonian except for approved absences.

Eligibility

Applicants whose native language is not English are expected to have the ability to write and converse fluently in English. All application materials must be presented in English.

Graduate Student Fellowships: Students must be formally enrolled in a graduate program, who have completed at least one semester and not yet have been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. Program.

Predoctoral Fellowships: Offered to doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations, and have been advanced to candidacy. Candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution.

Postdoctoral Fellowships: Offered to scholars who have held a Ph.D. or equivalent for less than seven years.

Senior Fellowships: Offered to scholars who have held a Ph.D. or equivalent for seven years or more.

Stipend

Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for less than seven years. Senior Fellowships are offered to scholars who have held the degree or equivalent for seven years or more. The term is 3 to 12 months. Both fellowships offer a stipend of $35,000* per year plus allowances.
* Earth and Planetary Sciences Senior and Postdoctoral stipends are $40,000 per year.

Predoctoral Fellowships are offered to doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations. Candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct doctoral research at the Smithsonian Institution. The term is 3 to 12 months. The stipend is $20,000 per year plus allowances.

Graduate Student Fellowships are offered to stu-dents formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, who have completed at least one semester, and not yet been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. Program. Applicants must submit a proposal for research in a discipline, which is pursued at the Smithsonian. The term is 10 weeks; the stipend is $4,500.

Deadline

January 15 annually (applications are available in September)

Application and for more information

Specific instructions regarding the application materials are extensive and available on the Smithsonian Institute website at: http://www.si.edu/research+study or http://www.si.edu/ofg/infotoapply.htm. Students may also pick up a copy of the program information in 1252 Murphy Hall.

Combine Parts 1,2,3, & 4 and submit six application sets (Original Plus 5 Copies):
1. Completed cover sheet
2. Research proposal
3. Curriculum vitae
4. Transcripts

Include Parts 5 & 6 with the Original Application Set:
5. Two (2) Letters of referee from appropriate persons
6. One notification card, with the return address completed

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