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The Peter Buck Fellowship Program offers Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellowships to those wishing to work with advisors at NMNH.

Applications are now being accepted through the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program for full-time RESIDENT fellowships at the National Museum of Natural History. As part of our resident academic community, our fellows conduct independent research and collaborate with over 500 renowned scientists and scholars.  Fellows have access to the world’s largest natural and cultural history collections, including 145 million specimens, and state-of-the-art analytical equipment.  Research must engage our collections and facilities.

Who is eligible?

Graduate students, post-doctoral and professional researchers may apply.  Fellowships are available to US and non-US citizens.  Applicants must write and converse fluently in English.

How to apply?

Apply through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System: SOLAA.

Applicants are encouraged to contact NMNH research staff well in advance of the deadline to determine the feasibility of the proposed research.  A PDF listing of current NMNH research staff and directories can be found at the Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study web page.

Application Deadline:  December 1

Stipend and Tenure:

Tenure Length


Research allowance

Graduate Student

10 weeks



Post-candidacy Ph.D. Student

3 months – 2 years*

$36,000 per year

Up to $4,000 each year*

Post-doctoral Researcher

3 months – 2 years*

$50,400 per year*

Up to $4,000 each year*

Senior Researcher

3 - 12 months

$50,400 per year

Up to $4,000 each year*

* Multi-year fellowship appointments are made possible through the Peter Buck Fellowship Program. In addition to stipend and research support, a relocation allowance is provided. Earth/space science and material conservation stipends include an additional $5,000.