Fellowships and Internships

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Hundreds of graduate students and holders of doctorates come to the Smithsonian to do independent research under the guidance of a member of our world-class research staff. Fellows have the opportunity to study and work intensively with Smithsonian collections and experts in their fields and beyond. In addition, more than 1,500 students pursue internships offered across the organization. 



The Smithsonian offers a world of research opportunities for graduate, pre-doctoral, or post-doctoral students, as well as for visiting professionals, students, scientists, or scholars conducting independent research. The Office of Fellowships can guide you through the process.



Seeking experience in your chosen field?  We can help with deadline calendars, how to submit your application for both onsite and online internships, and housing tips, should you find that perfect mentor. The Office of Internships can help you navigate the process.

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SORS Guide

The Smithsonian Opportunities for Study and Research (SORS) Guide can help you see the scope of possibilities for mentors, advisors and research topics in your field of study. Be inspired by the significant and varied work going on every day at the Smithsonian! You can download the searchable PDF.