Native American Awards Program


For Summer (to begin after June 1): February 1
For Fall (to begin after October 1): February 1
For Spring (to begin after January 1): October 1

Native American Community Scholar Awards -
Appointments in residence at the Smithsonian are awarded to Native Americans who are formally or informally related to a Native American community, to undertake projects on a Native American subject and utilize the Native American resources of the Institution. Please write for applications.

Native American Visiting Student Awards -
Appointments are available for currently enrolled advanced Native American graduate students who are formally or informally related to a Native American community. Visiting Students pursue independent research in association with Smithsonian staff. Stipends are $150 per day for up to 21 days and $550 per week for 3 to 10 weeks, a travel allowance and a small research allowance. Please write for applications

Native American Internship Awards -
Internships in residence at the Smithsonian are awarded to undergraduate and graduate Native American students who are formally or informally related to a Native American community, to participate in research or museum activities related to Native American studies for periods of 10 weeks. The appointments carry a stipend of $550 per week and a travel allowance may be provided.

Applications Form

Online Application Process for interns, visiting students and community scholars

The Native American Awards program is currently accepting application online. For more information and link to the site click here

* If you are unable to apply through the on-line system please contact Pamela Hudson Veenbaas at to request other arrangements.


Preparing to Apply Online


 You may also refer to the paper application which requires the same information as the online version.

Note: The Visiting Student and Community Scolar applications
are catagorized as 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.

Research Proposal (for community scholars )

Please provide a description of the research you plan to undertake at the Smithsonian Institution.

Transcripts (unofficial are fine)

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

Office of Fellowships
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 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 .




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 above applications.

Minority Awards Programs FAQ

Past Recipeints

Community Scholars

Visiting Students


(If you have any questions or need additional information regarding past recipients please contact Pamela Hudson Veenbaas, Program Manager at 202-633-7070)

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