Smithsonian Biodiversity Genomics PhD Fellowship Program


PhD students and recent graduates wishing to pursue collaborative research in one of the Smithsonian molecular research facilities are invited to submit their proposals to receive funding of $50,000 per 12 months. Additional relocation allowances will be provided. The deadline is on 1 November 2020.

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Opportunity for young researchers

The Smithsonian Institution (SI) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Smithsonian Biodiversity Genomics promotes collaborative research in these fields involving comparative genomic approaches such as phylogenomics, population genomics, metagenomics or transcriptomics, and have a component that involves significant bioinformatics analysis.

Candidates need to identify the member of the Smithsonian’s research staff who might serve as their principal advisor/host as well as potential co-advisor(s) and/or consultant(s) if applicable. The Smithsonian’s molecular research facilities are located at National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), National Zoological Park (NZP), Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in the Republic of Panama. The number of appointments made each year is determined by the availability of funds for the program. The stipend for Postdoctoral and Senior Fellows is $50,400 per year (twelve months). In addition to the stipend, allowances to assist with the fellow’s research related expenses and for temporary relocation to the Smithsonian are possible. A maximum research allowance of $4,000 is available.

The deadline is on 1 November 2020.  


Main criteria

Applicants must propose to conduct research in-residence for a period of 12 to 24 months. Applicants must have completed or be near completion of the Ph.D. Recipients who have not completed the Ph.D. at the time of application must provide proof of completion of the degree before the fellowship begins. Applicants interested in conducting research at these facilities are strongly encouraged to contact potential advisors/hosts at any of the Smithsonian’s various Museums and Research Institutes prior to proposal preparation and submission.

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