Smithsonian Institution

The Fulbright-Smithsonian Scholar Award allows UK academics or professionals to undertake independent post-doctoral research or study across all disciplines that utilise Smithsonian’s collections, facilities, or experts.

This award is for a duration of 3 months.

This award is generously sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo -- shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.

Applicants to this award should consider the merits of working with the unique suite of collections and facilities, not only at the Smithsonian's Washington, D.C. National Mall locations, but at all Smithsonian locations within the US.

Explore our museums, educational initiatives, and research and cultural centers to find where your interests align with ours.

Examples include:

  • PORTAL, the National Portrait Gallery’s scholarly center, welcomes residential fellows interested in studying history through the fine arts and other forms of visual biography. Scholars whose work focuses on portraiture of all sorts are encouraged to participate in these programs.
  • The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) represents a recently emerging national and international effort to ensure that cultural heritage survives natural disasters and human conflicts. It employs a collaborative approach to protect cultural heritage threatened or impacted by disasters and to help U.S. and international communities preserve their identities and history.
  • The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute plays a leading role in the Smithsonian’s global efforts to save wildlife species from extinction and train future generations of conservationists. SCBI scientists tackle some of today’s most complex conservation challenges by applying and sharing what they learn about animal behavior and reproduction, ecology, genetics, migration and conservation sustainability.

Applicants to this award should:

Grant amount

$5,000 per month

This is intended as a contribution towards any institutional fees and accommodation & maintenance costs while in the USA.