Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program


Fellowships are offered by the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of the Institution. These fellowships are offered through the Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships, and are administered under the charter of the Institution, 20 U.S. Code section 41 et seq. Fellowship awards under this program are contingent upon the availability of funds.

Applicants who wish to conduct research at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory should contact the Fellowship Program Coordinator, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 60 Garden Street, Mail Stop 47, Cambridge, MA 02138. Application requirements and deadlines may be different.

The publication, Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (, outlines Smithsonian research activities and lists the research staff. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact staff members to help identify potential advisors, determine the feasibility of the proposed research being conducted at the Smithsonian Institution, and the availability of relevant resources such as staff, collections, archives and library materials during the proposed tenure dates.




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