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Applicants are invited for SERC Graduate Fellowships

Deadline for Application:  December 01, 2015  

The Smithsonian Institution is committed to training the next generation of scientists to meet the environmental needs of the 21st century.

Graduate Student Fellowships are offered for students formally enrolled in a graduate program who have completed at least one semester and not yet been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. program. The term is 10 weeks with a stipend of $7,000.

Pre-doctoral Fellowships are offered for students enrolled in a university as candidates for a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations. By the time the appointment begins, the university must approve the undertaking of dissertation research at the Smithsonian Institution and certify that requirements for the doctorate, other than the dissertation, have been met. The stipend is $32,500 per year plus allowances.

**Applicants are required to arrange sponsorship from
one of 19 research labs (listed on left) prior to application.

Our research addresses such issues as    


  • Global Climate Change  
  • Invasion Biology  
  • Estuarine Ecology  
  • Forest & Wetland Ecology  
  • Solar Radiation  
  • Water Quality & Harmful Algal Blooms  
  • Food Web Dynamics  
  • Trace Element & Nutrient Cycling  
  • Coastal and Upland Ecosystem Processes  
  • Plant-Herbivore Interactions  

Contact Daniel Gustafson, Professional Training Coordinator,, or 443-482-2217.

Fellows are selected in a single annual competition. The annual application deadline is December 1st before the proposed year of sponsorship. An application consists of a completed form (available from the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships & Internships application page), current CV, and a formal research proposal. Applications must be submitted to the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships & Internships, which can provide application materials and instructions.

Applicants currently working at SERC should dedicate one page of the proposal to describing their research progress thus far. This progress report should include publications and presentations at conferences and meetings. In a brief, 5-6 sentence paragraph, applicant should include the following components: 1) state your affiliation with SERC, 2) the nature of the work, and 3) provide evidence of progress (i.e. publications, etc.).

In addition to the Smithsonian Fellowship program, SERC scientists sometimes hire postdoctoral researchers to work on externally funded research projects. Check the Current Job Openings at SERC or contact individual scientists for more information on such opportunities.

The Smithsonian Institution does not discriminate on grounds of race, creed, sex, age, marital status, condition of disability, or national origin of any applicant.