The Robert D. Hevey, Jr. and Constance M. Filling Fellowship in Mineral Sciences


November 1, 2023

The Robert D. Hevey, Jr. and Constance M. Filling Fellowship in Mineral Sciences was established in 2018 to support short-term, resident, graduate student fellowships focused on geological studies in the Department of Mineral Sciences at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, DC. Robert Hevey is currently pursuing a PhD in Plant Conservation Biology at Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden focused on tolerance ranges of native bush clovers. Previously his nearly 40-year business career provided him a variety of opportunities ranging from public accounting to distribution, corporate restructuring, and inventory appraisals. Constance Filling, EdD, serves as the Chief Learning Officer at the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). In this role, Constance is responsible for building a highly effective learning unit with the goal of providing AAMC members the education, training, research, and clinical care models to succeed in the newly emerging field. Robert Hevey and Constance Filling established this short-term graduate student fellowship at NMNH to complement their suite of giving and to help contribute toward the training and inspiration of the next generation of natural history researchers.


Currently enrolled graduate student. Fellowships are available to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. Applicants must write and converse fluently in English. Candidates may not also be a Smithsonian employee or contractor during the period of his/her fellowship appointment and may not hold another type of Smithsonian academic appointment (e.g., Research Associate, fellowship or internship) during his/her appointment as a fellow. Awardees are expected to be resident in the Department of Mineral Sciences at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC (NHB or MSC) full time and actively engaged in the NMNH community during the entire fellowship tenure. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously had an opportunity to visit and conduct research at NMNH. Review factors include: Research of the highest intellectual and ethical standards Research with clear connection and purpose for NMNH on-site investigation utilizing collections and facilities Efforts toward creating a diverse community Only NMNH employees are eligible to serve as fellowship advisors.


Ten weeks.


The ten-week fellowship includes stipend, research/travel/health allowance, plus a travel allowance to/from Washington DC.

  • Stipend: $10,000
  • Research Allowance: $5,000
  • Relocation Allowance: as appropriate for location
Notification Date

March 1, 2024.



Dr. Catherine (Cari) Corrigan


10th St. and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC

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