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Minority Awards Program- Visiting Student

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

The Office of Fellowships and Internships offers visiting student awards to increase participation of U.S. minority groups who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field. This program is designed to provide beginning graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields by conducting research using its collections with a Smithsonian research staff member serving as an advisor at the Institution’s many museums, research institutes and offices.


Visiting Student Awards are available for currently enrolled graduate students in fields that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Institution. Visiting Students pursue independently designed research projects in association with Smithsonian staff.

Applicants must be:

•Engaged in graduate study at the time of the appointment

•In good academic standing with an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or equivalent

•U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident

•Available full-time (40 hours per week) for ten weeks during the summer, fall, or spring.

•Actively engaged in a field of study that relates to current Smithsonian research

How it Works

Stipend: $600 per week, a small research allowance and with possible travel allowance

All Sessions = 10 weeks, full time (40 hours per week)

•Deadline: February 1 •For Summer (beginning after June 1) and Fall (beginning after October 1)

•Deadline: October 1 •For Spring (beginning after January 1)
upcoming deadline

Application Deadline: 2/1/2018

Participating Institution(s):
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Smithsonian Institution (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Anthropology & Archaeology
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
General Earth & Agriculture Sciences


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