The Application Process
Fellowships are awarded through a competitive process. To be
for a fellowship, applicants should submit a concise
proposal (7 pages
maximum not including resume or letters of
- the title of the study
- a discussion of the topic to be investigated including the
statement and key issues
- a description of the nature and scope of the topic relative
needs of museums and cultural institutions and an
how this proposal will add knowledge to
- a plan of action including a description of the research
to be used and a list of preliminary
questions to be explored
- a review of existing literature specific to the study
- a description of the format for disseminating the research
rationale for the choice
- a resume / curriculum vitae, not to exceed two pages
- Two letters of reference Letters of reference requested in SOLAA.
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Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Fellowships
Practice program (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to the submission
of a proposal for
advice and guidance in developing a grant request.
This service is offered
because we know the development of a
fellowship proposal requires significant
expenditure of time and effort
and that the nature of the program may not be
clearly understood by
some prospective applicants. Discussions early in the
process are intended to discourage inappropriate applications
strengthen those that have a likely prospect of funding. Preliminary
are accepted up to one month prior to the application
The deadline for submission is February 15.
The Smithsonian is transitioning to an all-electronic application system for academic appointments. To submit your proposal, please set up a user ID in our online application system SOLAA. (Please visit the link below). There, you will be able to upload all relevant materials and requirements. If you have any questions, please contact SOLAA Program Help at SOLAAprograms@si.edu.
Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged. Late arrivals or proposals
do not conform to the requirements cannot be considered.
materials cannot be returned. Do not include printed materials
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