Minority Awards Program

The Office of Fellowships and Internships offers internships and visiting student awards to increase participation of U.S. minority groups (U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents) who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field.

This program is designed to provide undergraduate and beginning graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through direct experience in research or museum-related internship projects under the supervision of research and professional staff members at the Institution's many museums, research institutes and offices.

Internships and Visiting Student appointments are full-time (40 hours per week), for ten weeks during the summer, fall, or spring. Stipends are $550 per week, with additional travel allowances offered in some cases and a small research allowance for Visiting Students.


February 1 (for Summer and Fall)
October 1 (for Spring)

Smithsonian fields of research include:

Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including an emphasis on the tropics
Anthropology, including archaeology,
Astrophysics and astronomy
Earth sciences and paleobiology
Evolutionary and systematic biology
History of science and technology
History of art, especially American, contemporary, African, and Asian art, twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative arts
Social and cultural history of the United States


Applicants should be currently engaged in undergraduate or graduate study, and an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or its equivalent generally is expected.

The relevance of an internship at the Smithsonian to the student's academic and career goals will be an important part of the evaluation of an applicant. Most successful candidates are students of the disciplines in which the Smithsonian conducts research (listed above).

Applicants should note that it is not possible for the Office of Fellowships to arrange an internship project or award a stipend to all qualified candidates.

Applications Form

Minority Awards Programs FAQ


The Minority Awards program is currently accepting application online.

You will need to use information from this section Museums, Research Institutes, and Research Offices, includes information on staff and their research specialties, when filling out the application.

Preparing to Apply Online


Note: The Internship application is catagorized as a Internship.
The Visiting Student application is catagorized as a Fellowship/Other Academic Appt

General Information:

Once registered and logged in you will need to complete the requested information regarding mailing address, academic history, current university or college etc.

You should review as well as to help determine any individual or areas you are interested holding an internship or conducting research.

Files you will need to upload:

Essay (for internships)

Prepare a two-to-four page essay addressing the following points: 1) Your past and present academic history and other experiences which you feel have prepared you for an internship 2) What you hope to accomplish through an internship, and how it would relate to your academic and career goals 3) What about the Smithsonian in particular interests you and leads you to apply for an internship.


Research Proposal (for visiting students)

The full statement of your research, NOT MORE THAN 1500 WORDS. (Maximum six pages typescript, double spaced) Be sure to provide and address the following: 1) A description of the research you plan to undertake at the Smithsonian Institution. 2) The importance of the work to your own scholarly goals.

Transcripts (unofficial are fine)

If you do not have a file to upload please send hardcopy of transcripts to:

Office of Fellowships & Internships
Minority Awards Program
Smithsonian Institution
470 L'Enfant Plaza SW Suite 7102
MRC 902 PO Box 37012
Washington DC 20013-7012

CV or Resume


You will need the names and email addresses of two academic references.

Through the system (SOLAA) you will send an email to these referees so they can provide references through the web.

If you have any questions please contact Pamela Hudson Veenbaas at 202-633-7070 or send an email to .



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