Grad fellowships to conduct research at Smithsonian Institutes

The Smithsonian and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) have entered in to an agreement to award six fellowships to graduate students to conduct research at Smithsonian research institutes, museums and the National Zoo. The research projects will be organized under the Four Grand Challenges of the Strategic Plan:

  • Understanding the American Experience
  • Valuing World Cultures
  • Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet
  • Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

The CIC is made up of 12 research universities including University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

All applications must be submitted through a participating university for review; prior to submitting an application, students must consult with an appropriate member of the Smithsonian research staff to determine the best fit for their research. After the application has been reviewed by the university, it will be submitted to the Smithsonian for review by a committee proposed by the Under Secretary for Science and the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture.

The length of the fellowships will range from nine to 12 months, and stipends will be set at the current Smithsonian fellowship level; funding will be split by the CIC and Smithsonian.  Fellows will be in residence at the Smithsonian and will be provided with space to conduct their work within Smithsonian research facilities or departments relevant to their research.

The deadline for submission of application materials via the universities is December 1, 2010, with the expectation that the awards will be announced by January 1, 2011. This has already been advertised through the universities.

If Smithsonian staff have any questions about this program, please contact the Office of Fellowships and Internships (202-633-7070 for more information.