Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Fellowships

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) offers a variety of fellowship opportunities to graduate, pre- and post-graduate students. 

  • Graduate student fellowships are offered for students formally enrolled in a graduate program who have completed at least one semester and not yet been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. program. Appointment term: 10 weeks. A stipend is offered.
  • Pre-doctoral fellowships are offered for students enrolled in a university as candidates for a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations. By the time the appointment begins, the university must approve the undertaking of dissertation research at the Smithsonian Institution and certify that requirements for the doctorate, other than the dissertation, have been met. Appointment term: 1 Year. A stipend is offered, plus allowances. 
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered annually to several early career scientists. Smithsonian Fellows often stay for two years, with the second year of funding contingent upon satisfactory progress. Applicants are strongly encouraged to coordinate with a SERC scientist prior to submitting an application for this competitively-awarded fellowship. Appointment term: 1 Year. A stipend is offered, plus health, relocation and research expenses. 

Research topics include: 

  • Global Climate Change
  • Invasion Biology
  • Estuarine Ecology
  • Forest & Wetland Ecology
  • Solar Radiation
  • Water Quality & Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
  • Food Web Dynamics
  • Trace Element & Nutrient Cycling
  • Coastal & Upland Ecosystem Processes
  • Plant-Herbivore Interactions

Check their Fellowships web page for information about application deadlines. 

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I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
— Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985