We offer a variety of fellowships for predoctoral, postdoctoral, and non-academic researchers. Applicants are encouraged to contact prospectivestaff 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in 2018, the Museum plans to start construction on the building in Washington, DC to revitalize its infrastructure and restore building systems. The work will affect every space, from the basement parking lot to the offices on the 3rd floor, including all 22 exhibition galleries. The building project is not scheduled to finish until 2025. No decision has yet been made where to relocate the curatorial and fellow’s offices but we will make every effort to keep the two groups close together or as close as possible. Library and archives collections will be moved as well. We ask for your patience and understanding as we work to maintain the National Air and Space Museum Fellowships Program in this time of transition.
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)
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.
Applications for fellowships are typically posted in mid-October.
The application deadline is December 1.
Deadline for recommendations letters is December 15.
Notifications by: Mid-March
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.
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 (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.