Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards

The  Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards allow mid-career educators to be in residence and utilize the Smithsonian Libraries distinctive collections, focusing on science, history, culture and arts.  The awards are open to middle & high school teachers, college teachers, and museum educators working on curriculum development or publications in print or electronic form. The Library offers excellent resources for developing curricula relating to Common Core, Core Arts Standards, and Advance Placement curricula. 

Ways to Support the Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards:

Online: Make a gift by credit card using our secure online form to support this program (select Neville-Pribram Awards from the drop-down menu):

Mail: Return this form with your credit card information or send your check payable to Smithsonian Libraries to our address (indicate on the check it is for the Neville-Pribram Awards):

Smithsonian Libraries
c/o Advancement Office
PO Box 37012 MRC 154
Washington, DC 20013

By Phone: Call the Libraries’ Advancement Office at 202-633-2241 for more information or to process your gift over the phone.

The Smithsonian Libraries 

Mandela posterThe Smithsonian Libraries is a network of 20 specialized research libraries supporting each of the Institution’s museums and initiatives. Each year, the Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards will focus on research conducted in one of the 20 libraries. This year, the award recipient will use the renowned collections of the Warren M. Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art. To learn more about the Smithsonian Libraries, visit


Applicants must be current middle school, high school, or college teachers or museum educators working on curriculum development or publications.  They may not reside within commuting distance of the Smithsonian Library where they conduct their research.  This award is not intended to further the research of doctoral candidates or post-doctoral scholars.  Only one award can be offered to a visitor within a twelve-month period.  Awards may not be used to extend other Smithsonian appointments. The research grant for 2015 has been awarded. 

Stipend and duration of the residency

Recipients of the Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards will receive a stipend of $2,500 per month for three months in the summer.   Residencies of shorter duration will be prorated.

How to apply

Selection is based on a brief proposal and current resumé.   The proposal should include:

  • description of the project and its intended outcome
  • the relationship of the Smithsonian’s collections to the project
  • a current resumé
  • one letter of recommendation
  • the length and preferred dates of the residency

Applications should be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA).  You will be required to create an account.  You may review the SOLAA User’s Guide on their website to familiarize yourself with application procedures. 

Following the residency at the Smithsonian Libraries, recipients are requested to submit a short report on their research at the Library branch where their research is conducted.  Recipients are also asked to provide the Library a copy of any publication resulting from research conducted as a result of the award.

The Katherine Neville-Karl Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards were established in 2013 through the generosity of best-selling novelist Katherine Neville and neuroscientist Karl H. Pribram.