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Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) for US and Non-US Citizens, 2018

Applications for the 2017 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) to conduct independent study or research at one or more of the Smithsonian’s 19 units and research centers. The program is open to US citizens and non-US citizens.

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program supports independent research and study related to Smithsonian facilities, experts, or collection for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.

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The Smithsonian Institution, established in 1846 “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” is a group of museums and research centers administered by the Government of the United States.

Description:

Applications close: December 1, 2017

  • Course Level: The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program is open to: Graduate Students, Predoctoral Students, Postdoctoral Researchers and Senior Researchers
  • Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded in all academic fields of study.
  • Award: The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship award amounts are as follows:

Graduate Student Fellowship**: $7,500.00 for 10 weeks.

Predoctoral Fellowship: $36,000 annually; research allowance up to $4,000.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: $50,400 annually; research allowance up to $4,000.

Senior Fellowship: $50,400 annually; research allowance up to $4,000.

Fellows in earth/planetary sciences and conservatory sciences are eligible to receive up to $5,000.00 over the amounts listed above.

**Graduate Student Fellowships are offered for 10 weeks and are not available for periods of less or more than 10 weeks.  Research allowances are not offered for graduate student fellowships.

Stipends for all fellowships other than graduate students are pro-rated for periods of less than twelve months.

Smithsonian fellowship stipends are not salary or compensation. They are meant to support study and research during the tenure of the appointment and cannot be issued retroactively.

The Office of Fellowships and Internships cannot provide funds for the travel or living expenses of dependents.

All funds provided under Smithsonian Institution fellowships, including base stipends, research, and travel relocation allowances are subject to tax. Fellows awarded stipends receive a financial summary at the end of each calendar year and are responsible for meeting their own state and federal tax obligations.

In addition to a base stipend, awardees may receive allowances to assist with the fellow’s research-related expenses and for temporary relocation to the Smithsonian. The budget for the research allowance should not include costs for relocation to the Smithsonian, which is awarded separately. A maximum research allowance of $4,000 is available. The amount awarded will be determined based upon the budget and justification presented by the applicant.

  • Number of Awards: The number of appointments made each year is determined by the availability of funds for the program.
  • The award can be taken in the USA

Eligibility::

The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for fellowship:

The program is open to US citizens and Non-US citizens. 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 (foreign transcripts may be translated, see below).

The Pastor current fellowship recipients are eligible to apply for another award.

Who is Ineligible?

  • No employee or contractor of the Smithsonian Institution may hold a Smithsonian fellowship during the time of his/her employment or contract.
  • A fellowship may not be awarded to any person who has been employed by or under contract to the Institution in the previous year without the prior approval of the Office of Fellowships.

Eligible Countries:

  • The program is open to US citizens and Non-US citizens.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: The program is open to US citizens and Non-US citizens.

English language Requirements: Applicants whose native language is not English are expected to have the ability to write and converse fluently in English.

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Award: 

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship award amounts are as follows:

Graduate Student Fellowship**: $7,500.00 for 10 weeks.

Predoctoral Fellowship: $36,000 annually; research allowance up to $4,000.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: $50,400 annually; research allowance up to $4,000.

Senior Fellowship: $50,400 annually; research allowance up to $4,000.

Fellows in earth/planetary sciences and conservatory sciences are eligible to receive up to $5,000.00 over the amounts listed above.

**Graduate Student Fellowships are offered for 10 weeks and are not available for periods of less or more than 10 weeks.  Research allowances are not offered for graduate student fellowships.

Stipends for all fellowships other than graduate students are pro-rated for periods of less than twelve months.

Smithsonian fellowship stipends are not salary or compensation. They are meant to support study and research during the tenure of the appointment and cannot be issued retroactively.

The Office of Fellowships and Internships cannot provide funds for the travel or living expenses of dependents.

All funds provided under Smithsonian Institution fellowships, including base stipends, research, and travel relocation allowances are subject to tax. Fellows awarded stipends receive a financial summary at the end of each calendar year and are responsible for meeting their own state and federal tax obligations.

In addition to a base stipend, awardees may receive allowances to assist with the fellow’s research-related expenses and for temporary relocation to the Smithsonian. The budget for the research allowance should not include costs for relocation to the Smithsonian, which is awarded separately. A maximum research allowance of $4,000 is available. The amount awarded will be determined based upon the budget and justification presented by the applicant.

How to Apply:

The following must be uploaded with your application:

Abstract:

  • No more than one page
  • Research Proposal
  • The full statement of your research you plan to undertake at the Smithsonian
  • Maximum six pages double spaced (not including references)
  • Paper size should be 8.5 by 11 inches (210 mm x 297 mm)
  • 12 point type

In preparing your proposal, be sure to provide and address the following:

Methodology:

  • The importance of the work both in relation to the broader discipline and to your own scholarly goals
  • Justification for conducting your research at the Smithsonian and utilization of research facilities and resources
  • Identification of the member of the Smithsonian research staff who might serve as your principal advisor/host
  • Identification of potential co-advisor(s) and/or consultant(s) if applicable.

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