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Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center Graduate Student Fellowships

This internship has closed. To see open and upcoming opportunities, visit the internships page.

Proposed fellowships are evaluated on the following criteria: 

  • scholarly merit of the proposals;
  • ability to carry out the proposed research;
  • likelihood that the research can be completed during the requested appointment period;
  • extent to which the Smithsonian, through its research staff members or resources, can contribute to the proposed research project;
  • inclusion of diverse perspectives; and
  • availability of funds.
For all fellowships, appropriate members of the Migratory Bird Center's professional staff must be willing and able to serve in the capacity of principal advisor or host, and space and facilities must be available to accommodate the proposed research.
Learning Objectives: 
As proposed by scholar.
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center graduate student fellowships are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program, who have completed at least one semester and not yet have been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. Program. Applicants must submit a proposal for research in a discipline which is pursued at the Smithsonian.
Washington DC
The intern will make his or her own housing arrangements in the Washington, D.C., area.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution do not provide free parking to interns.
Term of appointment: 
10 weeks
Application deadline(s): 
Monday, January 15, 2018
Internship Category: 
How to Apply: 
If interested, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact potential Smithsonian host scientists well in advance of the Jan. 15 deadline.