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Fellowship Stipends

Smithsonian Fellowship stipends are not considered salary or compensation, but are awarded to help support a fellow’s study and research efforts during the tenure of their appointment. Portions of stipends may be allotted specifically for health insurance, research, and travel.

Fellows awarded stipends receive a financial summary at the end of each calendar year and are responsible for meeting their own state and federal tax obligations.

Fellowship stipends issued by the Smithsonian vary across programs but generally, fellows in the following categories are eligible to receive stipends at the following rates:

  • graduate students: $32,700
  • predoctoral students: $32,700
  • conservators: $37,700
  • postdoctoral researchers: $48,000
  • certain senior researchers in earth and space sciences: $53,000

These amounts are in addition to allowances that may be received for health insurance, research, and relocation travel, which vary by program.

Fellows in residence for 21 days or less are eligible to receive up to $150/day.