Natural History and Science Fellowship Programs Funding for $90,000


museum with large elephant

If you are interested in natural history and science, going to a museum would be an exciting trip. A museum puts you in close study of the various branches of natural history and science. You will get to handle objects and artifacts in these fields broadening your knowledge and satisfying your own intellectual curiosity.

The picture on left is from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, one of my favorite museums in Washington D.C, the first one being the Space Museum.

Natural history involves the study of all living organisms including all, plants, animals and fungi while science is a broad field that encompasses chemistry to physics.

These topics are as relevant and as awe-inspiring as great works of art because it explains various facts that affect human life.

Going to a museum that holds natural history and science artifacts can give people the opportunity to understand concepts better. Museums are primarily visual and sensory places and seeing and feeling an object can tell more than a thousand words and are thus effective educational experiences.

Below are just some of the fellowships which are focused on natural history and science.

Science Fellowships

Conservation Commons Postdoctoral Fellowship

The SI-CI Postdoctoral Fellowship is a two-year fellowship that specifically contributes to the goals of the Smithsonian Institution’s Working Land and Seascapes program and Conservation International’s Sustainable Landscapes Partnership program.

  • Eligibility: Ph.D. level
  • Stipend: $90,000 maximum per year

for more information: Conservation Commons

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Fellowship

THE SAO hosts fellowships to acquire further skills in astronomy which includes instrumentation, observation, and theory in atomic and molecular physics, geophysics, the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Different techniques and instruments will be used in the duration of the fellowship.

  • Eligibility: visiting scientist, visiting student program

for more information: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Post Doctoral Fellowship

The fellowship trains participants to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century

  • Eligibility: Postdoctoral
  • Stipend: $48,000

for more information: The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Fellowship

The fellowship allows you to work on the tropics and explore research possibilities. The Earl S. Tupper 3-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship which is STRI’s most prestigious fellowship allows participants a chance to conduct research in their nine facilities in Panama for three years

  • Eligibility: Ph.D. level
  • Stipend: $US 50,400 and a research budget of up to $16,000

for more information: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Guggenheim Fellowship -National Air and Space Museum (NASM) Fellowship

The Guggenheim Fellowship is a three to twelve-month fellowship for pre-or postdoctoral research in aviation and space history.

  • Eligibility: Ph.D. level
  • Stipend: $30,000- $45,000

for more information: Guggenheim Fellowship

Natural History Fellowships

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Fellowships

The National Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s leading research institution. The fellowship provided an opportunity for the scholar to conduct resident, independent study under the guidelines of an NMNH staff advisor. It can be competitive or non-competitive and may be paid or unpaid. Below are the fellowships that come under this:

Peter Buck Fellowship Program

The Peter Buck Fellowship program supports full-time, resident, independent research focused on utilizing the NMNH collections and facilities. Awardees are required to be actively involved in the activities of the Museum.

  • Eligibility: Ph.D. level
  • Stipend: $50,400

for more information: Peter Buck Fellowship Program

Deep Time Buck Fellowship Program

The Deep Time Initiative seeks to tell and move the global community about connections between the past, present, and future of life on Earth and help create citizens for a changing planet.

  • Eligibility: Ph.D. level
  • Stipend: $50,400

for more information: Deep Time Buck Fellowship Program

Global Genome Initiative Buck Fellowship Program

GGI Buck Fellowships are oriented toward contributing research on a topic relating to GGI’s overarching goal, “Preserving and Understanding Earth’s Genomic Biodiversity.”

  • Eligibility: Ph.D. level
  • Stipend: $50,400

for more information: Global Genome Initiative Buck Fellowship Program

Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology

Fellows are encouraged to do research in the Department of Anthropology which spans from the emergence of our earliest ancestors to the ways communities sustain their cultures in today’s globalized societies.

  •  Eligibility: Master’s and Ph.D. level

for more information: Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology

Cuatrecasas Fellowship Program / Botany Travel Awards

Fellows are encouraged to do research on the plant collections of the Department of Botany which is among the most important worldwide.

  • Eligibility: graduate and undergraduate

for more information: Department of Botany

Edward B. and Phyllis E. Reed Fellowship for Research on North American Freshwater Copepods

Fellows are encouraged to make use of a collection of over 50 million specimens which are available for scientific research.

  • Eligibility: graduate students, post-doctoral, professionals

for more information: Department of Invertebrate Zoology

Kenneth Jay Boss Fellowship in Invertebrate Zoology

The fellowships provide financial support enabling graduate students to conduct independent research in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History.

  • Eligibility: MA and Ph.D. level
  • Stipend: $750 weekly

for more information: Kenneth Jay Boss Fellowship in Invertebrate Zoology

Sara E. and Bruce B. Collette Postdoctoral Fellowship in Systematic Ichthyology

The purpose of the Collette Postdoctoral Fellowship is to support full-time, resident, independent research focused on the study of systematics, comparative morphology, and field investigations of fishes utilizing the NMNH collections.  This is a two-year award.

  • Eligibility: Ph.D. level

for more information: Sara E. and Bruce B. Collette Postdoctoral Fellowship

Link Foundation/Smithsonian Graduate Fellowships in Marine Science

The fellowship gives you a chance to be in the Smithsonian Marine Station in Florida which is a research center specializing in marine biodiversity and ecosystems of Florida.

  • Eligibility: Masters and Ph.D. level

for more information: Smithsonian Marine Station

MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The 2019 MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship is a two-year fellowship that specifically contributes to the goals of the Smithsonian’s MarineGEO program. Proposals must focus on comparative research across habitats and/or geographic scales utilizing MarineGEO observatories.

  • Eligibility: Ph.D. level
  • Stipend: $65,400

for more information: MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology Fellowship

The fellowship gives students hands-on experience in collecting and analyzing data from collections in the museum in conjunction with formal training methods, all centered around individual research projects.

  • Eligibility: graduate students

for more information: Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology

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