CIC/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship competition for 2014 Opens

Posted: October 2, 2013

Selected recipients will receive a $30,000 stipend, tuition, health insurance, a research allowance, and a travel allowance for 9 to 12 months of study (the stipend is prorated for fellowship terms less than 12 months). Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research at a Smithsonian facility for the duration of the award period.

The Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study information is available at to assist prospective applicants with the various opportunities and appropriate contacts at the Smithsonian.


The eligibility criteria and application process are referenced below. Students must have satisfied all requirements for their degrees except completion of the dissertation in order to qualify.

This program is limited to one applicant per university, so applicants must apply online directly through the Smithsonian’s application portal at by November 1. An internal committee will then receive the materials from the Smithsonian and a downselect will be done.

Other applicants (and any school nominees not selected for the CIC/Smithsonian fellowships) will be considered automatically for the Smithsonian’s general fellowships competition. That review process will begin on January 15.


Applications may now be submitted for the CIC Smithsonian Fellowship. This year, applications must be submitted online. See the CIC Web page for full details:



The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) invite fellowship applications for one-year fellowships to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. Fellowships carry a stipend of $30,000.  All fields of study that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Smithsonian Institution are eligible. The application materials must be submitted electronically through by November 1, 2013 at 5 PM.

How it Works
Under this fellowship program, the Smithsonian Institution and the Fellow’s university share the cost of support. Students enrolled at CIC member universities apply through their university graduate school however their application will be submitted through the Smithsonian’s Online Application System (SOLAA). Each university will nominate one application for the CIC/SI competition.

All unfunded applications will be eligible for consideration in the general Smithsonian Institution competition.  Review of applications for the general competition begins on January 15, 2014.

Students must have completed all course work for their programs, and must have been admitted into doctoral candidacy and satisfied all requirements except completion of the dissertation in order to qualify. Only students enrolled at CIC institutions are eligible to apply.

The stipend is $30,000 for one year, and fellows are eligible for tuition and health insurance benefits in accordance with their university policy. Fellows are eligible to receive allowances for related expenses and for temporary relocation to the Smithsonian.

Application Instructions
See Program Guide for full details. The application materials must be submitted electronically by November 1, 2013 at 5 PM through