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Deep Time Buck Fellowship Program



The Deep Time (DT) initiative is focused on understanding connections between 4.6 billion years of environmental change, the diversity of life, and the future of our species on Earth.

The four focal themes for our Deep Time research, exhibits, and outreach include: 1) evolution of organisms, 2) evolution of ecosystems, 3) earth processes, 4) connections among these forces including to our human past, present and future.

This is a critical time in the history of our planet because one increasingly abundant, heterotrophic species has become a global scale force of rapid environmental and biotic change.

Through understanding of the fossil and geological record, the Deep Time Initiative seeks to inform and inspire the global community about connections between the past, present, and future of life on Earth and help create citizens for a changing planet.

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The Deep Time Buck Fellowship is a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for research in Paleobiology relating to the goals of the Deep Time Initiative at the National Museum of Natural History.  This fellowship involves 75% time commitment to research and 25% time commitment toward advancing science education at NMNH through direct interaction with our public.

The award provides stipend ($48,000/year), a research/travel allowance ($4,000/year), support for health insurance ($2,000/year), and a one-time relocation allowance ($1,000).

The Deep Time Buck Fellow will be expected to conduct independent research through the study of systematics, paleoecology, functional biology, field investigations, etc., and involving NMNH collections.  The awardee will be expected to be involved in the scholarly activities of the Department of Paleobiology and public outreach in the museum.

Priority will be given to proposals that: 1) involve research related to Deep Time over-arching themes, 2) indicate a high standard of research productivity, creativity, and interactivity, 3) provide evidence of ability to communicate science to the public – orally, in writing, through social media, citizen science, etc.


Postdoctoral.  Applicants should have a proven record of research accomplishment and knowledge of the fossil record.  Starting dates for the fellowship are between 1 May 2017 and 1 August 2018, and all formal requirements for a Ph.D. must be completed before the end of this time interval.

How to Apply

To apply, send:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Publications: pdfs of recent publications (maximum of three)
  • Research Proposal: proposed research for the two-year interval (up to 5 double-spaced pages, including figures, 11 point type)
  • Outreach Statement: a 1-page teaching and outreach statement of accomplishments and interests
  • References: two letters of reference submitted separately by the referees.


Application opens 10 November 2016.  All application materials should be submitted to Dr. Brian Huber, huberb@si.edu, in pdf format by 15 January, 2017.

The next application cycle is expected to open March 2018.

Questions regarding this fellowship should be emailed to Dr. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, behrensa@si.eduor Dr. Brian Huber, huberb@si.edu.

Note that the Deep Time Fellowship is administered separately from the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP), which has a deadline of December 1 and is 100% research.