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Minority Awards Program- Visiting Student

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Academic Level:
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Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

The Office of Fellowships and Internships offers visiting student awards to increase participation of U.S. minority groups who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field. This program is designed to provide beginning graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields by conducting research using its collections with a Smithsonian research staff member serving as an advisor at the Institution’s many museums, research institutes and offices.


Visiting Student Awards are available for currently enrolled graduate students in fields that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Institution.

Application Deadline: 10/1/2018

Participating Institution(s):
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Smithsonian Institution (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Anthropology & Archaeology
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Sciences
General Earth & Agriculture Sciences


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