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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Invertebrate Zoology

Sapphirina auronitens

A drawing by Giesbrecht (1892) of the Copepoda, Sapphirina auronitens Claus, 1863

Fellowship Announcement

Two kinds of research fellowships in Invertebrate Zoology are available. Applicants should contact potential staff advisors to determine the feasibility of the proposed research and tenure dates, as well as the availability of relevant collections and other resources. Information about potential staff advisors and their work is available under the Staff link on the left sidebar.

1. 2016 Smithsonian Institution Research Fellowships
The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program provides funding for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and senior investigators to conduct research in association with Smithsonian scientists. Candidates are especially encouraged to apply for the new multi-year Peter Buck Fellowships. Fellows can be based at NMNH or the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, FL, and have access to a research staff of more than 100 scholars, world-class collections, and modern core facilities including molecular laboratories, computer clusters, SEM, confocal microscopy, and stable isotope labs.

Proposal deadline is December 1, 2015 via SOLAA. Fellowship durations range from three months to three years depending on fellowship category. The stipend for Predoctoral Fellows is $30,000 per year (twelve months) and for Postdoctoral and Senior Fellows is $45,000 per year (twelve months). A maximum research allowance of $4,000 per year is available. Ten-week Graduate Student Fellowships are also available with a stipend of $6,500. Fellowships are open to citizens of any country. For more information, and to apply online, go to the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program website.

2. 2016 Smithsonian Marine Science Network Postdoctoral Fellowship Proposals
The Smithsonian Marine Science Network (MSN) is a unique array of laboratories spanning the western Atlantic coastal zone and across the Isthmus of Panama, facilitating long-term interdisciplinary, comparative research among MSN sites. The MSN invites Postdoctoral research proposals that complement the developing Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO) program at the Smithsonian Institution. See Postdoctoral scientists must collaborate directly with identified Smithsonian scientists as named sponsors/advisors of the fellowship (see Marine Research Staff information at Fellows should select co-Advisors from more than one SI unit (NMNH, SERC, STRI, NZP).

Proposal deadline is December 1, 2015 via SOLAA. Stipends are $45,000 per year with additional funds available for group health insurance, travel from place of origin to the Smithsonian host facility, research travel and research supplies, up to a combined $55,000 maximum per year. Awards will be made for a maximum of two years, pending review of the first-year progress report. Proposals must focus on comparative research involving at least two of the Marine Science Network facilities. Individuals who have been employees at the Smithsonian Institution within the previous year are not eligible.

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