Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) for the 2022-23 Academic Year

Applications are welcome for the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) for the 2022-23 Academic Year.

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 researchers to conduct independent research and 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.


The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) for the 2022-23 Academic Year covers research allowance and stipend for each category.


Determination of the fellowship category for which to apply should be based on the anticipated academic level at the time the fellowship would begin:

  • Senior Fellowships – Applicants must have held a Ph.D. or equivalent for at least 7 years.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships – for scholars up to seven years beyond the Ph.D. 
  • Predoctoral Fellowships – for doctoral candidates to conduct dissertation research. Students enrolled in a university as candidates for the Ph.D. or equivalent are eligible for predoctoral fellowships.
  • 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.
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Deadline: November 01, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.