Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Programme 2022-2023 (Funding available)

Deadline: 1st of November, 2022

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program provides chances for independent study or research pertaining to Smithsonian facilities, collections, and/or the institutional and staff members’ research interests.

Graduate students, predoctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and senior researchers may apply for fellowships to undertake independent research and make use of the Institution’s resources while being advised and hosted by members of the Smithsonian professional research staff. These fellowships are made available by the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Academic Appointments and Internships and are managed in accordance with the Institution’s charter, found in 20 U.S. Code section 41 and subsequent sections.

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Programme offers fellowships for research and study in the following fields and encourages applications of an interdisciplinary nature:

  • Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including an emphasis on the tropics; Anthropology, including archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology; Astrophysics and astronomy; Earth sciences and paleobiology; Evolutionary & systematic biology; Folklife; History of science and technology; History of art, especially American, contemporary, African, and Asian art, twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative arts; Materials research; Molecular biology; Social and cultural history of the United States


  • Senior & Postdoctoral*: Stipend of $55,000 per year and research allowance up to $5,000
    • *Earth and Planetary Sciences Senior and Postdoctoral – Stipend of $60,000 per year and research allowance up to $5,000
  • Predoctoral: Stipend of $42,000 per year and research allowance up to $5,000
  • Ten-Week Graduate Student: Stipend of $8,000


Determination of the fellowship category for which to apply should be based on the anticipated academic level at the time the fellowship would begin:

  • Senior Fellowships – Applicants must have held a Ph.D. or equivalent for at least 7 years. Applicants who have received the Ph.D. or equivalent before November 1, 2014 are eligible to apply for senior fellowships.*
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships – for scholars up to seven years beyond the Ph.D.*
  • Predoctoral Fellowships – for doctoral candidates to conduct dissertation research. Students enrolled in a university as candidates for the Ph.D. or equivalent are eligible for predoctoral fellowships. By the time the appointment begins, the university must approve the undertaking of dissertation research at the Smithsonian Institution and certify that requirements for the doctorate, other than the dissertation, have been met.
  • Ten-Week Graduate Student Fellowships – for graduate students to conduct independent research usually before having been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. programme. When they apply, students must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study at a degree-granting institution and must have completed at least one full-time semester or its equivalent.

* If you have taken a “leave of absence” from research and wish to apply under the postdoctoral fellowship application instead of senior fellowship application which makes you 7 or more years out from receiving your Ph.D., please provide a justification in the additional information section at the end of the application.

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Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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