Fellowship and Research Associates Definitions
Fellowships – SD 701
Fellowships are offered to individuals who design and develop proposals to conduct independent in fields pursued by and of interest to Smithsonian staff.
- Fellows contribute enormously to the quantity and quality of Smithsonian research.
- They stimulate the Smithsonian research community by bringing new ideas from their disciplines, and conduct research in specialized areas that enrich and enhance information about the national collections.
- The program also allows the Institution to cultivate ties to broader academic and scientific communities, both in the United States and around the world.
Fellows cannot provide a services to the Smithsonian.
Research Associates (RAs) – SD 205
The academic appointment title of RA confers a formal, scholarly SI affiliation to a researcher who is not an employee or contractor of the Smithsonian.
- have professional status (usually a terminal degree or equivalent experience) in the occupational field related to their appointment;
- are not eligible to receive stipend payments through their status as RAs;
- do not hold another type of Smithsonian academic appointment (e.g., Fellowship or Visiting Scholar/Scientist) during their appointment as RAs.
- are either in residence to conduct scholarly research and/or collaborate with Smithsonian staff and/or are otherwise regularly engaged in the scholarly activities of the Smithsonian.