D. Ross Robertson Research Award Fellowship for Field Studies on Neotropical Deep-Reef fishes


November 1, 2022.

The endowment supports field research on any aspects of the biology of living reef-fishes found between 40-300m, anywhere in the Neotropics. Awardees are not required to use STRI facilities nor to conduct research in Panama.


PhD students formally enrolled at a university, and recent PhDs (up to 3 years after receipt of their degree) who are formally affiliated with a research- or teaching institution. Proposals for collaborative research involving both the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and the Division of Fishes of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) are encouraged.


Up to 12 months.


up to $30,000. The fellowship will support the costs of conducting fieldwork on deep-reef fishes. Those costs include the awardee’s travel to and from the research site and living expenses while conducting fieldwork there. Awards do not provide a stipend or cover costs of related laboratory research..

Notification Date

6-8 weeks after the deadline.


For more information email the STRI Fellowships Office: STRIFellows@si.edu.



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