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Common King Snake
Jessie Cohen
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Fellowships in Vertebrate Zoology are available through the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program, which provides funding for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and senior investigators to conduct research in association with Smithsonian scientists. Fellows based at NMNH have access to a research staff of more than 100 scholars, world-class collections, and modern core facilities including molecular laboratories, computer clusters, SEM, and stable isotope labs.

Fellowship durations range from three months to three years according to fellowship categories. The stipend for Predoctoral Fellows is $30,000 per year (twelve months) and for Postdoctoral and Senior Fellows is $45,000 per year (twelve months). A maximum research allowance of $4,000 per year is available. Ten-week Graduate Student Fellowships are also available with a stipend of $6,500.

Candidates are especially encouraged to apply for the new multi-year Peter Buck Fellowships. For more information and to apply online click here.

Fellowship Types

Smithsonian Fellowship: A "Smithsonian Fellowship" is an official academic appointment awarded by the Institution following application and competitive review through the formal Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program. Funding is provided and administered by Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships (OF). Awardees are granted the title "Smithsonian Fellow."

Visiting Student, Scholar and Scientist Fellowship: Some individual units as well as specific researchers at NMNH may offer fellowship(s) using specialized funds, often received through grants. Although funded separately, these awards are also administered by OF. Awardees are given the title "Visiting Student Fellow" (Predoctoral level) or "Visiting Scientist/Scholar Fellow" (Postdoctoral level).

External Fellowship: NMNH welcomes students and scholars who have received external funding to support a fellowship at our Museum. These fellowships are considered External Fellowships and awardees use the title "External Fellows."

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Smithsonian-wide Fellowship Information


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