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Smithsonian Mpala Postdoctoral Fellowship


January 15, 2022 11:59 PM EST. 

The purpose of the Mpala Postdoctoral Fellowship is to promote the study of biology, anthropology, geology, hydrology, material science, social science, soil science or related areas. Projects must be tenable in residence at Mpala Research Centre. Over the past 25 years the Smithsonian Institution has engaged in a robust partnership with Kenya and Kenyan science through its role in the Mpala Research Centre. Central to this has been the on-going support for fellows and fellowships at Mpala. Fellows have worked closely with Smithsonian Institution scientists in developing basic and applied research that has produced high-impact, cutting edge discoveries and led to better conservation, development and research on-the-ground in Kenya and other parts of East Africa.


The Mpala Fellowship is a Postdoctoral Fellowship. Predoctoral and Masters students are ineligible.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships: Applicants are eligible to apply for postdoctoral fellowships who have or will have received the Ph.D. or equivalent. The degree must be completed by the time the fellowship begins.
  • Senior Fellowships: Applicants who have had a Ph.D. or equivalent for a minimum of seven years are eligible to apply for senior fellowships. Senior Fellowship applications may be submitted one and a half years in advance.

One to two years.


Early career postdoctoral researchers employed in Kenya-based organizations that involve a part-time but multiple year commitment to research at Mpala, will be supported with a salary determined by their home institution and/or Mpala.

Others will be supported with a stipend of $55,000 per year for Postdoctoral and Senior Fellows. Stipends are prorated for periods of less than twelve months. A maximum research allowance up to $4,000 is available.

Notification Date

Summer of 2022.


Office of Fellowships


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