National Deadline: 5 p.m (EST), November 1, 2018

The Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Fellowships carry a stipend of $36,000. All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible.

How it Works

Under this fellowship program, the Smithsonian Institution and the Fellow’s university share the cost of support. Students enrolled at Big Ten Academic Alliance member universities apply directly via the Smithsonian's Online Application System (SOLAA). The Smithsonian Institution will review applications and award up to 25 Fellowships.

Eligibility Criteria

Must be enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Minnesota
Must have completed all course work for the program
Must have been admitted into doctoral candidacy
Must have satisfied all requirements except completion of the dissertation


The stipend is $36,000 for one year, and fellows are eligible for tuition and health insurance benefits in accordance with their university policy. Fellows are eligible to receive allowances for related expenses and for temporary relocation to the Smithsonian.

Application Instructions

See Application Guide for full details. The application materials must be submitted electronically by November 1, 2018 at 5 PM (EST) through