General Information and Application Instructions for Guggenheim, Verville, and Lindbergh Fellowships
The general information below is divided into
qualifications and conditions of appointment for each of the three fellowships. You will also find information on application deadlines, use of information and method of selection, use of Smithsonian facilities, stipends and allowances, and taxes and visas. Guidance on accessing the application form and application instructions can be found below.
If you have any further questions, please contact NASM-Fellowships@si.edu or call (202) 633-2648. Interested candidates are strongly
encouraged to contact appropriate Museum staff members who might serve as advisors or
General Information for Applicants
Qualification for the Guggenheim Fellowship
Applicants who have received the Ph.D. degree or equivalent within seven years of the
beginning of the fellowship period are eligible to apply for a Postdoctoral Guggenheim Fellowship. The
limitation may be waived upon demonstration that a fellowship appointment would further the
applicant's research training. Recipients must have completed that degree at the time the
fellowship commences. Students who have completed preliminary course work and
examinations and are engaged in dissertation research are eligible to apply for a Predoctoral Guggenheim
Fellowship. All applicants must be able to speak and write fluently in English.
Qualification for A. Verville Fellowship
The A. Verville Fellowship is open to all interested candidates who can provide a critical
analytical approach to major trends, developments and accomplishments in some aspect of
aviation and/or space history. Good writing skills are required. An advanced degree is not a
requirement. Graduate predoctoral students will normally not be considered for the Verville;
Qualification for the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History
The Lindbergh Chair is open to established and recognized senior scholars with
distinguished records of publication who are at work on, or anticipate being at work on, books in
aerospace history. Tenure typically ranges from nine months up to an academic year (September
through August) and applications are due January 15 of the year preceding the award.
Conditions of Appointment for Verville Fellows
The Verville Fellow is appointed for a period of 9 to 12 consecutive months, normally
beginning between August 15 and October 1. The starting date should be mutually selected by the
appointee and the Smithsonian advisor. Extension or renewal of appointments are competitive,
not automatic. Applicants are not obligated to accept a fellowship if selected. Residence in the
Washington, DC metropolitan area during the fellowship term is a requirement of these
The Verville Fellow is required to write a series of articles or a book as outlined in
his/her proposal, make at least one work-in-progress staff presentation on his/her topic, report
regularly to his/her advisor, adhere to a 40 hour work week, maintain research expenditure
records, and prepare a summary report at the end of the term.
Conditions of Appointment for Guggenheim Fellows
Guggenheim Fellows are appointed for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months. More
than one fellow may be selected. The major portion of the appointee's research must be
conducted at the Smithsonian. Requests for extension or renewal of appointments will be
considered on a competitive basis with new applications. Residence in the Washington, DC
metropolitan area during the fellowship term is a requirement of the Fellowship.
In accepting an appointment in this program, the Guggenheim Fellow will be expected to
devote his or her entire effort to the research program. Financial assistance may be received
during the term of tenure, provided there is no objection on the part of the granting institution
and no demands are made upon the time of the Fellow. Purposes for which other support is
acceptable include attendance at seminars, scientific meetings, or conferences that contribute to
the Fellow's program of research.
The Guggenheim Fellow is required to make at least one work-in-progress staff
presentation on his/her topic, report regularly to his/her advisor, adhere to a 40 hour work week,
maintain research expenditure records, and prepare a summary report at the end of the term.
The starting date for the Guggenheim Fellowship term should be mutually selected by the
appointee and the Smithsonian advisor, with the concurrence of the Office of Fellowships.
Conditions of Appointment for the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History
Appointments vary from nine to 12 months, and typically are for an academic year starting in September. Residency in the Washington, D.C. area is a requirement. Interaction with Museum professional staff is highly desired and expected, including attendance at selected professional seminars and colloquia. Appointments cannot be automatically extended and typically are not renewable. The incumbent will be expected to engage in work leading to a major publication. Participation in the Museum's work-in-progress series is expected.
Deadline for Receipt of Application
Applications must be submitted electronically by
Statements from references must be completed online by January 15. Applications and references completed after these dates will not be considered.
Use of Information and Method of Selection
All completed applications are made available to appropriate Museum staff members and
external reviewers for review. Applications and comments are then compiled and submitted to
the Verville and Guggenheim Fellowship Selection Committee.
Selection will be based on the consensus of the Selection Committee according to the
following criteria: the potential contribution of the project to the field of aviation and space
history, its utilization of National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian resources and staff,
and its potential contribution to National Air and Space Museum programs. The Smithsonian Institution's Office of Fellowships offers and administers all awards.
The recipients will be notified by phone or e-mail before April 30. Applicants may
reapply in subsequent years only by submitting a new application.
Use of Smithsonian Facilities
Each Fellow will be provided with appropriate work space and supplies to conduct
research, including a computer and telephone. Secretarial service is generally not available.
Stipends and Allowances
Normally only one Guggenheim Fellowship is awarded each year, either Postdoctoral or
Predoctoral, although in some years funding may allow the awarding of further fellowships. The
stipend for Postdoctoral Fellowships is $45,000 for a 12 month term, and the Predoctoral stipend
is $30,000 for a 12 month term. For shorter terms, the stipend amount will be prorated.
The A. Verville Fellowship stipend is $55,000 for a 12 month fellowship. Only one
Fellowship is awarded. For shorter terms, the stipend amount will be prorated.
The Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History is compensated for replacement of
salary and benefits up to a maximum of $100,000 a year. Research expenses and relocation are
Fellows are eligible to receive a travel allowance not to exceed the cost of one round trip
ticket from the nearest airport to assist their temporary relocation to the Smithsonian. For
research-related expenses, Fellows may also receive a research allowance of up to $2000 for the
Guggenheim Predoctoral Fellowship, of up to $3000 for the Guggenheim Postdoctoral
Fellowship, and of up to $5000 for the Verville Fellowship and Lindbergh Chair, subject to the
submission of a budget acceptable to the principal advisor(s). Please provide a budget and
provide justification within your proposal. See the instructions below for further details.
Taxes and Visas
The Smithsonian Institution does not withhold income taxes from stipends. This is the
responsibility of the Fellow. Fellows are excluded from Social Security coverage as well, as a Fellow is not an employee of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Smithsonian Office of Fellowship and Grants will assist with the necessary
arrangements for visas for foreign nationals who do not already possess visas, or who wish to
change the type of permit held. Normally, visas arranged by the Smithsonian Institution will give
the Fellow the status of "Foreign Exchange Visitor" (J-visa). A spouse and minor children may
travel on the same visa as the Fellow.
Application Instructions for Guggenheim, Verville and Lindbergh Fellowships
All applications for the Guggenheim, Verville and Lindbergh Fellowships must be submitted electronically through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Before beginning your application, you will be required to create an account. As you work on your application, you can save your progress and resume your application as needed. As part of the application, you will be required to include the following supplemental files:
- Three letters of reference
- A summary description of your proposal, not longer than 250 words, of your proposed
- A research proposal not more than 1,500 words long. This statement should set forth your
research plan, indicating the importance of the work both in relation to the larger discipline and
to your own intellectual goals. The proposal must contain your evaluation of the contributions
which Museum staff members are expected to make to your studies, and indicate what Museum
collections, special facilities, and other resources are needed. In addition, the proposal must also
provide justification for the research-related expenses included in the research budget. We
encourage the inclusion of an annotated historiographical introduction to the subject field of your
- A research budget for equipment, supplies, travel costs (not including relocation), and other
support required to conduct the research itself (not living expenses). Do not include supplies or
equipment (including reasonable photocopying) that would be normally available at the
Museum. Maximum research allowance for the Guggenheim predoctoral fellowship is up to
$2,000 for a full 12-month term. For the Guggenheim postdoctoral fellowship, the allowance
is up to $3,000 for a full 12-month term. For the Verville Fellowship and the Lindbergh
Chair, the allowance is up to $5,000 for a full 12-month term. If expenses significantly
exceed these amounts, the applicant should indicate what other funds will be available to cover
the difference. In addition, the amount requested must be justified by the research budget.
- A bibliography of literature relevant to the applicant's proposed research, especially that cited
in the research proposal.
- An estimated schedule for each phase of the proposed research.
- A curriculum vitae or resumé, not longer than three pages, including pertinent publications,
fellowships or accomplishments relevant to your proposal.
Every Fellow appointed at the Smithsonian must have a Smithsonian principal
advisor. Identify in the proposal the member(s) of the Smithsonian's research staff who might
properly serve as your principal advisor(s), as well as those who might be suitable as consultants.
This announcement contains the necessary information about staff research specialties and
current departmental interests to help you determine which staff member(s) is best suited to your
research needs. It is to your advantage to contact that person or persons as you develop your proposal. You are urged to do so, but are not obliged.
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