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Smithsonian Fellowship Application Deadlines

Smithsonian fellowships are opportunities for independent study or research related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, or experts.

You can find out more about the variety of fellowship opportunities available at the Smithsonian here.

Fellowship Application Deadlines:

Please note: while this list includes application deadlines for many programs, it may not be exhaustive:

January:

1/10/20 Smithsonian Institution Library (SIL) Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards – Application Deadline

1/22/20 Freer | Sackler Galleries of Art (FSGA) J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship – Application Deadline

3/20/20 James Smithson Fellowship – Application Deadline

1/12/20 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship – Application Deadline

1/15/20 National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Botany Travel Award – Application Deadline

1/15/20 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) – Application Deadline

1/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) Baird Society Resident Scholar Program – Application Deadline

1/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program – Application Deadline

1/15/20  Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Resident Scholar Program – Application Deadline

February:

2/14/20 National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) Fellowship in Objects Conservation – Application Deadline

2/15/20 National Air and Space Museum (NASM) Engen Conservation Fellowship – Application Deadline

2/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Marine Station (SMS) at Fort Pierce Link Foundation/Smithsonian 12-Week Graduate Research Fellowship – Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Minority Awards – Visiting Student – Summer and Fall Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Native American Awards – Community Scholar – Summer and Fall Application Deadline

2/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Native American Awards – Visiting Student – Summer and Fall Application Deadline

2/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Short Term Fellowship – Spring Application Deadline

March:

3/1 (yearly) National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Kenneth Jay Boss Fellowship in Vertebrate Zoology – Summer Application Deadline

3/13/20  Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) – Application Deadline

3/15 (yearly) National Museum of American Indian (NMAI) Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship – Application Deadline

April:

5/15/20 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Short Term Fellowship – Summer Application Deadline

July:

7/15 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Travel Research in Equity Collections (TREC) – Fall Application Deadline

7/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Short Term Fellowship – Fall Application Deadline

August:

8/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Earl S. Tupper 3-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship – Application Deadline

September:

9/1/21 National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Sara E. and Bruce B. Collette Postdoctoral Fellowship in Systematic Ichthyology – Application Deadline (offered every other year)

9/27 Smithsonian Institution and Conservation International Postdoctoral Fellowship Program – Application Deadline

October:

10/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Diversity Awards Program – Visiting Student – Spring Application Deadline (This program is temporarily closed)

10/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Native American Awards – Community Scholar – Spring Application Deadline (This program is temporarily closed)

10/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) Native American Awards – Visiting Student – Spring Application Deadline (This program is temporarily closed)

10/15 (yearly) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Short Term Fellowship – Winter Application Deadline

10/16/20 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) – Nomination Deadline

10/31/20 Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowship – Application Deadline

10/2020  Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) Submillimeter Array (SMA) Postdoctoral Fellowship – Application Deadline (The Fall 2021 Fellowship opportunity will be announced in late summer, 2020)

November

11/1  (yearly)  Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Fellowship – Application Deadline*

11/1  (yearly) George E. Burch Fellowship in Theoretical Medicine and Affiliated Theoretical Sciences – Application Deadline

11/1 (yearly) National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Peter Buck Fellowship – Application Deadline

11/1 (yearly)  Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery (SAAM) Fellowships – Application Deadline

11/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Fellowship – Application Deadline

11/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) – Application Deadline

11/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Mpala Postdoctoral Fellowship – Application Deadline

11/1 (yearly)  Smithsonian Postgraduate Fellowship in Conservation of Museum Collections – Application Deadline*

11/1 (yearly) Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Graduate, Predoctoral, and Postdoctoral Fellowships – Application Deadline

11/1 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Lemelson Center Travel to Collections Awards – Application Deadline

11/1 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Lemelson Center Fellowships – Application Deadline

11/1 (yearly) National Museum of American History (NMAH) Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship – Application Deadline

December:

12/1 (yearly) National Air and Space Museum (NASM) Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History Fellowship – Academic Year Application Deadline

12/1 (yearly) National Air and Space Museum (NASM) Guggenheim Fellowship – Application Deadline

12/1 (yearly) National Air and Space Museum (NASM) A. Verville Fellowship – Application Deadline

12/15 (yearly) Freer | Sackler Galleries of Art (FSGA) The Anne van Biema Fellowship – Application Deadline

Rolling Basis:

Anacostia Community Museum (ACM)

Archives of American Art (AAA)

Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) Short Term Independent Research Programs

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Native American Fellowship

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Visiting Scientist and Visiting Student Award