Smithsonian Institution Fellowship

Congratulations to the 2017 Big Ten Academic Alliance Smithsonian Institute Fellows!

Lynette Strickland
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alison Martin
Indiana University

Rebecca Fenton
Indiana University

Leann Biancani
University of Maryland

Rachel Walker
University of Maryland

Miriam Hiebert
University of Maryland

Danielle O’Steen
University of Maryland

Spring Greeney
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Charnan Williams
University of Michigan

Christina Smith
University of Minnesota

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 $32,700.  All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible. 

How it Works

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). From 2017 forward, it will be possible for more than one award per campus. Fellowships awarded in future years could be as many as two dozen or more in one cycle.

Students must have completed all course work for their programs, and must have been admitted into doctoral candidacy and satisfied all requirements except completion of the dissertation in order to qualify. Only students enrolled at Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions are eligible to apply.

The stipend is $32,700 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.

Application Instructions

See Program Guide for full details on how to apply. The application materials must be submitted electronically between September 6, 2016, and December 1, 2016, at 5 PM through


Big Ten Academic Alliance Staff Contacts

Joseph Miller
Program Manager
Academic Programs
Phone: (217) 244-4899