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The Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS) Guide

The Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS) Guide is meant to help would-be researchers, students, fellows, interns, partnership-builders, and anybody else who is interested better navigate research and study opportunities at the Smithsonian.

If you’re looking for a mentor, adviser, collection, or other opportunity at the Smithsonian that matches your study and/or research goals – this is a great place to start.

Looking for a particular topic area? Click here to open SORS as a pdf…search the whole document by any keyword.


Alternatively, you can also use Smithsonian PROFILES to search for a Smithsonian advisor that might share your research interests.


For reference, below we include some past years’ versions of SORS. However, if you are currently looking for an opportunity for research or study at the Smithsonian, you should refer to the most recent version above.

SORS 2020

SORS 2019

SORS 2018

SORS 2017

2017 SORS Cover Page












SORS 2015-2016

SORS 2013-2014