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Peter Buck Fellowship

The Peter Buck Fellowship Program offers Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellowships to those wishing to work with advisors at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellowships are two to three years in duration, and awarded to scientists who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the last five years. Peter Buck Graduate Fellowships are one to two years in duration, and awarded to any student enrolled in or admitted to a Ph.D. program, as long as her or his advisor/coadvisor is on the staff of NMNH and the project involves full-time residency at the Museum and/or its permanent facilities during the fellowship period. Application guidelines and deadlines are the same as for Smithsonian Fellowships. Peter Buck Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.

Areas of Study: Any area of study related to the National Museum of Natural History’s research staff, collections and facilities.

Application Deadline: December 1.

How to apply:  Following the Smithsonian Fellowship Application process online here.  There is only one application form – the same for SI and Buck Fellowships. You do not need to indicate you are applying for a Buck Fellowship on the form.

Areas of study: Any area of study related to the National Museum of Natural History’s research staff, collections and facilities.

Stipend: Peter Buck Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellows receive the same stipend as other Smithsonian Fellows on an annual basis.
Research Allowance: Buck fellows are eligible for subsequent years’ research allowances past the initial research allowance through the SI fellowship.

Postdoctoral Fellowships: There is a difference in allowable terms of fellowships: SI postdoctoral fellowships are for 2 years or less. Buck postdoctoral fellowhips are for 2-3 years. Postdoctoral candidates have 4 choices about duration of proposed fellowship:

  • <2 years – you will be considered for SI Fellowship money only;
  • >2 years to 3 years – you will be considered for Buck Fellowship money only;
  • exactly 2 years – you will be considered for both funding sources;
  • a single project description with separate and clearly stated goals and schedules for <2 years and >2 years – you will be considered for both funding sources.

Predoctoral Fellowships: SI Predoctoral Fellowships are available to grad students who have been admitted to candidacy. Buck Graduate Fellowships are available to any student admitted to or enrolled in a Ph.D. Program.

Buck Graduate Fellowships are for 1 to 2 years, but SI Predoctoral Fellowships must be 1 year or less. In parallel with the postdoctoral fellowship process explained above, candidates eligible for both the Buck and SI programs may apply to both either by submitting a proposal for one year, or by writing a single project description with separate and clearly stated goals and schedules for <1 year and >1 year.

If you have any questions please contact Helen James, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution at 202-633-1361 or email jamesh@si.edu or the Office of Fellowships and Internships at 202-633-7070 or send an email to siofi@si.edu

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