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Purpose and Mission Statement

The Office of Fellowships and Internships has central management and administrative responsibility for the Smithsonian Institution’s programs of research, internships, fellowships and other scholarly appointments.  One of its primary objectives is the facilitation of SI’s scholarly interactions with students and scholars at universities, museums, and other research institutions around the world.  OFI administers Institution-wide research support programs, and encourages and assists other Smithsonian museums, research institutes, and research offices in the development of additional fellowships and visiting appointments.

OFI Mission Statement: To strengthen, diversify, and develop academic appointment opportunities at the Smithsonian for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.