The James Smithson Fellowship Program is open to post-doctoral students in the fields of science, the humanities and the arts. Fellows will work in one of the subject areas defined by the Smithsonian strategic plan’s four grand challenges: Understanding the American Experience, Valuing World Cultures, Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, and Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe. Specific fellowships will be tailored to each individual’s interests, field and talents. With such broad exposure, the James Smithson Fellowship Program graduates will secure, through personal experience, knowledge and understanding of how their work can contribute to decision-making in a broader context. The new program is the Smithsonian’s first to combine the best of the Institution’s vast scholarship and collections and its unparalleled access to the nation’s capital in one year-long learning experience.
Candidates will be evaluated on three main criteria:
- The innovativeness of the proposed research project;
- How closely their career aspirations relate to the opportunity;
- Potential for leadership as evidenced by past performance
- The quality of their academic record.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and not more than five years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. degree by December 31, 2012. Candidates with professional degrees are also eligible to apply.
Apply online: https://solaa.si.edu