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Fellowships in Entomology are available through the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program, which provides funding for graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and senior investigators to conduct research in association with Smithsonian scientists. Fellowship durations range from three months to three years depending on fellowship category. Applications are generally due each year on the 1st of December.

  • Peter Buck Fellowship Program offers predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships to those who are conducting independent research in any area of study related to the NMNH research staff, collections, or facilities.

    To be eligible for the predoctoral Buck Fellowship award, students must be enrolled in or admitted to a Ph.D. program (or equivalent) and must have an advisor/coadvisor on staff at NMNH. Their research project must involve full-time residency at the Museum and /or its permanent facilities during the fellowship period.

    In order to be considered for a postdoctoral Buck Fellowship award, researchers must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the last five years.

  • Global Genome Initiative Buck Fellowship: two year fellowships that contribute specifically to the goals of the Global Genome Initiative at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and include a 55% time commitment to biodiversity genomic research and 45% commitment to other GGI related activities.  The fellowships are aimed at increasing the capacity for biodiversity genomics at the National Museum of Natural History and across GGI partner institutions.

    GGI Buck Fellowships are oriented toward contributing research on a topic relating to GGI over-arching themes.  The program aims to leverage question-driven, peer-reviewed research on biodiversity, evolution and ecology in order to accelerate the acquisition, genetic identification, and sequencing of vouchered genomes by collecting genomic quality samples from a strategically chosen synopsis representing all major lineages of Life.  For more information on GGI activities and goals visit the GGI website at

    All application materials for the GGI Buck Fellowship must be submitted by or on 30 March 2015 for consideration. 

Peter Buck Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.

Applicants should contact potential staff advisors to determine the feasibility of the proposed research and tenure dates, as well as the availability of relevant collections and other resources. Information about potential staff advisors and their work is available under the staff link on the left sidebar.

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