Fellowships

We offer a variety of fellowships for predoctoral, postdoctoral, and non-academic researchers. Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective staff advisors prior to submitting a proposal.

Ranking factors that influence selection include the scholarly merits of the proposal, as well as the research and academic record of the applicant. Applicants should state explicitly what potential use they intend to make of the Museum's collections and facilities. It is also advisable to state how you hope to profit from the availability of Smithsonian research staff and resources in the Washington, DC area. Additionally, proposals will be evaluated on their relevance to the Smithsonian Strategic Plan and the Four Grand Challenges.

Research Fellowships

Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Fellowship (open to pre- and postdoctoral candidates)
A. Verville Fellowship (open to non-academic candidates)
Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History (open to senior scholars)
Postdoctoral Earth and Planetary Sciences Fellowship (open to postdoctoral candidates)

Research Grant:

National Air and Space Museum Aviation Space Writers Foundation Award
This grant is only awarded on even-numbered years. The next opportunity to apply will be in 2016.

Important Dates

Applications for fellowships are typically posted in November.
The application deadline is January 15.

Restrictions

Applicants are restricted to applying for a single National Air and Space Museum fellowship grant at a time. Proposals must reflect that the research to be undertaken is intended for publication in peer-reviewed books and journals.

Requirements

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. See a list of 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.

Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals (with the exception of Canadians) who are awarded a National Air and Space Museum research fellowship should contact the Smithsonian's Office of International Relations (OIR) for confirmation of visa. Ordinarily, a J-1 (Exchange Visitor) visa is required.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Collette Williams or visit the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Grants.

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