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Peter Buck Fellowship Program

Deadline

November 1, 2021 11:59 PM EST.

Background

The Peter Buck Fellowship Program is designed to complement the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP), allowing NMNH to offer more diverse and longer term fellowships. Established with an endowment from Peter Buck in 2011, the Peter Buck Fellowship Program is considered the most important contribution to the intellectual vibrancy and influence of Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in its 100+ year history. Long-time member of the NMNH Board, Peter Buck, endowed this program to play an active role in the scientific development of the next generation of scientists and foster intellectual exchange between the NMNH community and a diverse pool of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Purpose

The purpose of the Peter Buck Fellowship program is to support full-time, resident, independent research focused on utilizing the NMNH collections and facilities.  Awardees are expected to be actively involved in the scholarly activities of the Museum and the NMNH community in general.

The two central goals of the Peter Buck Fellowship Program are to train the next generation of scientists and museum professionals, and to increase the flow of new ideas, perspectives, and skills into the Museum community through full-time resident fellowships.

To accomplish this we mainly award multi-year postdoctoral fellowships, generally paired with first year awards through the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP), to external postdoctoral scholars who have received a PhD. or equivalent within the last five years.

Peter Buck fellowships are open to citizens of any country for them to conduct resident research as part of the NMNH community under the advisorship of an NMNH staff scientist.

Eligibility

Researchers must have received their PhD. or equivalent degree and all formal requirements for a PhD. must be completed before the start of the tenure. Applicants should have a proven record of research accomplishment.  Fellowships are available to US and non-US citizens.  Applicants must write and converse fluently in English.

Term

Senior Fellowships – Term: 3 to 12 months
Postdoctoral Fellowships – Term: 3 to 12 months**
Predoctoral Fellowships – Term: 3 to 12 months
Ten-Week Graduate Student Fellowships – Term: 10 weeks

Fellowship tenures must begin between June 1, 2022 and March 1, 2023.

** Postdoctoral applicants in Science may apply for up to 24 months.

Stipend

Senior Fellowships – Stipend: $55,000 per year 

  • Research Allowance: up to $4,000 per year
Postdoctoral Fellowships – Stipend: $55,000 per year
  • Research Allowance: up to $4,000 per year
Predoctoral Fellowships – Stipend: $40,000 per year
  • Research Allowance: up to $4,000 per year
Ten-Week Graduate Student Fellowships – Stipend: $8,000

Stipends are prorated for periods of less than twelve months. 

Notification Date

Notification of decisions will be made through SOLAA early March.

Contact

E-mail: FellowsSI@si.edu
 

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