Tropical dark respiration data tweak climate model

Fellowships

Supporting the brightest
tropical researchers

Plant ecophysiologist Martijn Slot studies how climate change
affects the performance of plants in tropical forests and was the 2016
recipient of STRI’s prestigious Tupper Fellowship.

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Fellowships

Supporting the brightest
tropical researchers

STRI fellow Jenalle Eck grows almost 300 seedlings
in the Barro Colorado Island greenhouses as part
of her experiment on pathogens and seedling survival.

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Fellowships

Supporting the brightest
tropical researchers

During his STRI fellowship, Mauro Lepore, a coral researcher from Argentina,
joined STRI staff scientist Aaron O’Dea’s expedition to the Dominica Republic
as part of the marine paleontology O’Dea lab’s Baseline Caribbean project.

Overview

Much of STRI’s success is due to its ability to attract some of the brightest scholars from diverse fields of tropical research. We invest more than $3 million every year to support creative young researchers at critical stages in their careers. Fellowships range from three months to three years and allow young scholars to explore their own research questions across Panama’s rich tropical ecosystems while based at our state-of-the-art facilities.

Before you apply

Prior to submitting the formal application, applicants must first reach out to the staff scientist they are interested in working with to determine if that scientist is available to serve as a research advisor and mentor. Staff research profiles and contact information can be found here and a list of research associates is here. Also, applicants should review the specific guidelines of each fellowship. You must use the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) available through the Office of Fellowships and Internships webpage to apply for all internships for which you are eligible.

Current fellowship opportunities

Earl S. Tupper three-year postdoctoral fellowship

Deadline

August 15

Duration

Three years

Program Dates

Fellowships usually begin about two months after notification of acceptance.

Description

STRI’s most prestigious postdoctoral fellowship is awarded once a year to an outstanding candidate in one of the many research fields practiced at STRI. Successful candidate will conduct a three-year research program based at a STRI facility, typically in the lab of a staff scientist who serves as host or advisor on the project. 

Eligibility

Researchers whose Ph.D. studies are completed before fellowship begins.

Award

A yearly stipend of $US 50,400 and a research budget of up to $16,000.

Short-Term fellowships

Deadlines

February 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15

Duration

Three months

Program dates

Fellowships usually begin about two months after notification of acceptance.

Description

The Short-Term Fellowship Program allows selected candidates to come to STRI at any time of the year and is an excellent resource to provide support for graduate students and introduce them to tropical research. Although focused primarily on graduate students, awards are occasionally given to undergraduate and postdoctoral candidates. These fellowships enable selected candidates to work in the tropics and explore research possibilities at STRI.

Eligibility

Graduate students, undergrads and postdocs.

Award

Fellowships provide a modest stipend to cover living expenses while at STRI (currently $1,000/month, a total amount of $3,000 for stipend), a modest research allowance, NOT to exceed $2000; and a round-trip coach airfare. Partial awards are occasionally given depending on funding availability. Applicants are encouraged to seek additional sources of funding.

Smithsonian Institution fellowships

The Smithsonian Institution’s central fellowship program awards scholarships to conduct independent study at one or more of the Smithsonian’s 19 units and research centers. Fellowships are designed for young scholars at different stages of their academic career from graduate students to senior postdoctoral researchers. Please follow the links below for information about duration, eligibility and stipends related to specific SI fellowships.

There are numerous Smithsonian Institution fellowships that can be hosted at STRI, ranging from 10 weeks to three years, depending on the fellowship. These academic appointments are targeted to a range of young scholars from graduate students to senior post-doctoral researchers. All applicants for fellowships are eligible and considered for the Secretary’s Distinguished Research Fellowship, which provides the awardee with an additional year of support.

Graduate student fellowships

Deadline

November 1

Duration

10 weeks

Program dates

Fellows must begin within one year from the date of their award letter.

Description

Graduate student fellowships are for students formally enrolled in a graduate program. Before appointment, students must have completed at least one full-time semester or equivalent of their graduate program. These fellowships are intended for students who have not advanced to candidacy if enrolled in a doctoral program.

Eligibility

Students currently enrolled in a graduate program.

Award

$7,500

Predoctoral student fellowship

Deadline

November 1

Duration

3-12 months

Program dates

Fellows must begin within one year from the date of their award letter.

Description

Pre-doctoral student fellowships are for university students currently enrolled as a candidate for a Ph.D. or equivalent. Before appointment, the university must approve the undertaking of dissertation research at the Smithsonian Institution and certify that the requirements for the dissertation have been met.

Award

$36,000 annually; up to $4,000 research allowance

Postdoctoral Researcher Fellowship

Deadline

November 1

Duration

3-12 months

Program dates

Fellows must begin within one year from the date of their award letter.

Description

Postdoctoral fellowships require that the fellow’s doctorate be complete by the time the fellowship begins.

Award

$50,400 annually; up to $4,000 research allowance

Senior postdoctoral researcher fellowship

Deadline

November 1

Duration

3-12 months

Program dates

Fellows must begin within one year from the date of their award letter.

Description

Senior postdoctoral positions are available to those who have held a Ph.D. for at least seven years or equivalent.

Award

$50,400 annually; up to $4,000 for research allowance.

Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline

November 1

Duration

12-24 months

Program dates

Awards announced in April; fellows must begin within one year from the date of their award letter.

Description

The Smithsonian Institution Biodiversity Genomics Postdoctoral fellowship promotes collaborative research in fields involving comparative genomic approaches such as phylogenetics, population genomics, metagenomics or transcriptomics, and has a component that involves significant bioinformatics analysis. STRI is one of four Smithsonian units with molecular research facilities. Cross-unit collaboration is encouraged under this fellowship. The National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute/National Zoological Park and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are the other molecular facilities. Researchers who have completed their Ph.D. by the start date of the fellowship are eligible to apply.

Award

$50,400 annually; up to $4,000 research allowance

Marinegeo Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline

December 15

Duration

24 months

Program dates

Fellows must begin within one year from the date of their award letter.

Description

The Smithsonian’s MarineGEO/Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) is dedicated to understanding change in and relationships among the biodiversity, structure, and functioning of marine ecosystems at local and global scales. A cornerstone of the network is the development and use of standardized, repeated measurements and experiments that are conducted across research sites around the globe and maintained over decades. The network’s research is aimed at increasing scientific capacity for forecasting change in marine ecosystems and informing policy. Coordinating sites include the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama; the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center at the Chesapeake Bay in the Northeastern United States; the Smithsonian Marine Station on the Indian River Lagoon in Florida; and the Carrie Bow Cay Marine Field Station in Belize.

Award

$50,400; up to $12,000 for health insurance, travel and supplies.

Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry of Museum Collections

Deadline

November 1

Duration

12 months

Program dates

Fellows must begin within one year from the date of their award letter.

Description

This interdisciplinary fellowship in the area of stable isotope sciences is hosted by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama or the Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Facility in Suitland, Maryland. Stable isotope analysis must comprise a significant portion of the research project. Successful applicants must have their Ph.D. degrees before the start date of the fellowship.

Award

$50,400 annually; up to $4,000 research allowance

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