The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) 2020, USA

By | September 5, 2019
The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) 2020, USA

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 and to utilize the resources of the Institution with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff serving as advisors and hosts.

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program offers fellowships for research and study in the following fields and encourages applications of an interdisciplinary nature:

  • Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including an emphasis on the tropics
  • Anthropology, including archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and physical anthropology
  • Astrophysics and astronomy
  • Earth sciences and paleobiology
  • Evolutionary & systematic biology
  • Folklife
  • History of science and technology
  • History of art, especially American, contemporary, African, and Asian art, twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative arts
  • Materials research
  • Molecular biology
  • Social and cultural history of the United States

Qualifications for Application

Applicants whose native language is not English are expected to have the ability to write and converse fluently in English. All application materials must be presented in English 

Graduate Student Fellowships: When they apply, 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.

Stipends and Allowances 2020

SENIOR FELLOWSHIPS -for scholars at least seven years beyond the Ph.D.

  • Term: 3 to 24 months
  • Stipend: $50,400 per year
  • Research Allowance: up to $4,000

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS – for scholars up to seven years beyond the Ph.D.

  • Term: 3 to 24 months
  • Stipend: $50,400 per year
  • Research Allowance: up to $4,000

PREDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS -for doctoral candidates to conduct dissertation research.

  • Term: 3 to 12 months
  • Stipend: $36,000 per year
  • Research Allowance: up to $4,000

TEN-WEEK GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS -for graduate students to conduct independent research usually before having been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. program.

  • Term: 10 weeks
  • Stipend: $7,500

Application Submission and Deadline

All applications must be submitted by November 1, 2019 11:59 PM EST (enter 2020 for the cycle on the application) through the Smithsonian Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) found at https://solaa.si.edu.

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