The Smithsonian Institution through the Office of Fellowships and Grants has several programs to support a limited number of persons at various academic levels who wish to engage in research activities at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in the Republic of Panama. These programs include:
10-Week Graduate Student Fellowships: For students engaged in graduate studies at any level to carry out research for 10 weeks under the guidance of a Smithsonian staff member. The deadline for submitting applications is January 15.
Predoctoral Fellowships: For investigators who have completed preliminary course work and examinations for the Ph. D. and are engaged in dissertation research, to conduct a research project of 3 to 12 months duration under the guidance of a Smithsonian staff member. The deadline for submitting applications is January 15.
Postdoctoral Fellowships: For investigators who have completed the doctoral degree less than 7 years before the application deadline to conduct research for 3 to 12 months at STRI. The deadline for submitting applications is January 15.
Senior Postdoctoral Fellowships: For investigators more than 7 years beyond the Ph. D. degree, to conduct research at STRI from 3 to 12 months. Applications may be made up to 2 years in advance. Often the stipend will be matched by other sources of funding such as sabbatical salary. The deadline for submitting applications is January 15.
For more information on these programs, please write:
Office of Fellowships & Grants
955 L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 7300
Washington, D. C. 20560
Tel: (202) 287-3271
Fax: (202) 287-3691
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute also supports training and research in its areas of expertise through a series of programs. In addition to Institute-wide programs, STRI has the following programs to encourage research and training in the tropics:
Short-term Fellowships: Support is provided to carry out short-term research projects in the tropics in areas of STRI research and under the supervision of Institute staff. Projects may be exploratory or complete in themselves and their usual duration is 3 months. The majority of these fellowships are awarded to graduate students, but awards are occasionally made to undergraduates and postdoctoral candidates. Fellowships provide a stipend, a limited research allowance, and round trip airfare to the Republic of Panama. Applicants are encouraged to consult with staff members who they would like to serve as their advisor before submitting a formal application. The deadlines for submitting applications are the 15th of February, May, August and November.
Latin American Fellowships & Internship Program: Support is provided for undergraduate students and recent graduates from the Republic of Panama and other Latin American nations to enable them to carry out projects under the supervision of STRI staff members (fellowships), or to participate in an on-going project (internship). Internships provide an allowence and round-trip airfare to the Republic of Panama, when applicable. Staff scientists and visiting researchers can request an intern to participate in their project if the intern will gain experience and research training. Fellowships are considered 4 times a year. Deadlines for submitting applications are the 15th of February, May, August and November. Internship applications are accepted year-round, but formal requests from supervisors are considered at quarterly meetings along with fellowship applications.
Three-year Tupper Postdoctoral Fellowships in Tropical Biology: Support is provided for a postdoctoral investigator to conduct a three year project on a subject related to STRI research interests. The successful candidate is expected to reside in the Republic of Panama and base his/her study at STRI research facilities. Proposals that include a component to work in other tropical nations will also be considered. The deadline for submitting applications is January 1999.
To request application forms, please write:
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Office of Education
APO AA 34002-0948
Tel: 011 (507) 227-4918
Fax: 011 (507) 232-5978
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