Smithsonian Institution: Fellowship Program

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program offers opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff. Fellowships are offered to graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct independent research.

Applications open

1 Aug 2020

Applications closed

1 Nov 2020

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $150,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 60

  • "The Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship has enabled the continuation of my research into Earth's climatic evolution following the completion of my PhD at the University of Melbourne. This position has allowed me to establish and foster research relationships globally with leading experts whilst providing access to unparalleled collections with facilities to match. The Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship is both academically and socially fulfilling enabling me to undertake fieldwork worldwide and gain independent research insights to enhance my publication record whilst engaging in science outreach events with the wider community."
    - Dr Vera Korasidis
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    Check which Smithsonian Institution Fellowship is appropriate to your academic level -

    • Graduate Student Fellowships: When applying, students must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study at a degree-granting institution. Before the appointment begins fellows must still be enrolled and must have completed at least one full-time semester or its equivalent, or have completed the graduate program within the past four months. Graduate Student Fellowships are usually intended for students who have not yet been advanced to candidacy if in a doctoral program.
    • Predoctoral Fellowships: Students enrolled in a university as candidates for the Ph.D. or equivalent are eligible for predoctoral fellowships. By the time the appointment begins, the university must approve the undertaking of dissertation research at the Smithsonian Institution and certify that requirements for the doctorate, other than the dissertation, have been met.
    • Postdoctoral Fellowships: The doctorate degree must be completed by the time the fellowship begins.
    • Senior Fellowships: Applicants must have held a Ph.D. or equivalent for at least 7 years.

    Selection criteria

    Applications are evaluated and fellows are selected by scholars in appropriate fields on the basis of the proposal’s merit, the applicant’s ability to carry out the proposed research and study, the likelihood that the research could be completed in the requested time, and the extent to which the Smithsonian, through its research staff members and resources, could contribute to the proposed research.

  • Application process

    Applications are submitted through the Smithsonian Academic Appointment System available at The Smithsonian Institution website. For enquiries contact

What are the benefits?

  • Graduate Student Fellowships, with a stipend of US$7,500 for up to 10 weeks.
  • Predoctoral Fellowships, with a stipend of US$36,000 for up to 1 year, plus allowances.
  • Senior & Postdoctoral Fellowships, with a stipend of US$50,400 per year for up to 2 years, plus allowances.

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program offers opportunities for investigators to conduct independent research and to utilise the resources of the Institution with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff serving as advisors and hosts.

Fellows will be provided with space to conduct their research within the department in which they are working. Fellows have access to the Smithsonian Institution Libraries with privileges which include borrowing library materials, interlibrary loans, document delivery, database searching and reference assistance. Applicants should consult in advance with their proposed advisor(s) regarding the availability of facilities and necessary equipment.

Interested in a scholarship? Register now

Get more on scholarships and other information to help you succeed at the University of Melbourne.

International: +61 3 9035 5511

For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.

The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.