Deep Time Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


Opening Date: January 22, 2024

Closing Date: March 15, 2024

The Deep Time Peter Buck Fellowship application process will be open again in early 2024. Please check this site for updates.

Applications are invited for a two-year Research Fellowship (postdoctoral) in Paleobiology relating to the goals of the Deep Time Initiative at the National Museum of Natural History. This fellowship involves commitment to research and to advancing science education and outreach for the public. The appointment provides stipend ($62,000/yr), research/travel allowance ($5K/yr), health insurance ($5K/yr), and a one-time relocation allowance (up to $1K).

The Deep Time (DT) initiative is focused on understanding connections between 4.6 billion years of environmental change, the diversity of life, and the future of our species on Earth. The four focal themes are: 1) evolution of organisms, 2) evolution of ecosystems, 3) earth processes, 4) connections among these and our human past, present and future. The Deep Time Initiative seeks to inform and inspire the global community about the importance of fossils and the history of life, and to help educate citizens for a changing planet. The Deep Time Peter Buck Fellow will join a diverse intellectual community at NMNH that includes two other Deep Time Peter Buck Fellows as well as Smithsonian Fellows who perform original scientific research and voluntarily contribute their expertise as researchers to enhancing visitor experiences in the Deep Time Fossil Halls.


All formal requirements for a Ph.D. must be completed before the beginning of the Fellowship.


Two years from the starting date.

Notification Date

Interviews and the decision about the next Deep Time Peter Buck Fellow are expected to occur in April, 2024.


Questions regarding the fellowship should be emailed to Dr. Brian Huber,, or Dr. Anna K. Behrensmeyer,


Department of Paleobiology, MRC-121

National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Institution, PO Box 37012

Washington D.C. 20013-7012, U.S.A.

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