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Purpose and Mission Statement

The Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) has central management and administrative responsibility for the Smithsonian Institution’s academic appoint programs including internship, fellowship, and research associate appointments. OFI works to strengthen, diversify, and develop these programs.

 Towards these ends, OFI is interested in facilitating scholarly interactions between SI experts and students/scholars at universities, museums, cultural organizations, 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 fellowship, internship, and research associate appointments.