What is the Smithsonian Institute Fellowship? 

The Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Fellowships carry a stipend of $40,000. All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible.

Under this fellowship program, the Smithsonian Institution and the Fellow’s university share the cost of support. Students enrolled at Big Ten Academic Alliance member universities apply directly via the Smithsonian's Online Application System (SOLAA). The Smithsonian Institution will review applications and award up to 25 Fellowships.

The stipend is $40,000 for one year, and fellows are eligible for tuition and health insurance benefits in accordance with their university policy. Fellows are eligible to receive allowances for related expenses and for temporary relocation to the Smithsonian.

Who Is Eligible?

Applicants must:

  • be enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Minnesota
  • have completed all course work for the program
  • have been admitted into doctoral candidacy
  • have satisfied all requirements except completion of the dissertation

How Do I Apply? 

See the Application Guide for full details. Application materials must be submitted electronically through SOLAA

The application deadline is November 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Further Information

For more information about the Smithsonian Fellowship, including the application process, visit the Smithsonian website.  If you have questions, please contact The Graduate School Fellowship Office.