Kenneth Jay Boss Fellowship in Invertebrate Zoology


Spring application deadline, March 1

Fall application deadline, September 1.  

Kenneth Jay Boss fellowships provide financial support enabling graduate students to conduct independent collections-based research in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology (IZ) at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH).


Currently enrolled graduate students engaged in collections-based research (e.g., systematics, phylogeny, biogeography, comparative morphology, species conservation). Applicants must contact an IZ research scientist to serve as the fellowship advisor well in advance of submitting their application.


Fellowship proposals are solicited biannually for projects generally ranging from one week to three months (and up to six months)


Stipend award amounts are $800/week for housing and subsistence.  Additional funds (up to $2,000) may be requested for any supplies that will be needed to conduct the research at the museum.  A relocation allowance (up to $1,000) can also be included in the budget request.

Notification Date

Awards announced April 1 for tenure term beginning after May 15.

Awards announced October 1 for tenure term beginning after November 15.


How to Apply

Apply through: Smithsonian Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) found at Search for “Kenneth J. Boss Short-term Fellowships in Invertebrate Zoology”.


For questions about the Kenneth Jay Boss fellowship, please contact Dr. Ellen Strong, Boss Fellowship Program Coordinator (


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