Smithsonian Institution 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 $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