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The deadline is January 15, 2017 for all fellowships between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018. We are not currently accepting applications. Please check back in the Fall.

Situated at the center of the world’s largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Libraries is a vital part of the research, exhibition, and educational enterprise of the Institution. Each Smithsonian scholar engages in an individual voyage of discovery using the artifacts and specimens of the Smithsonian Institution in conjunction with the Libraries’ written and illustrated record of the past. The Libraries is uniquely positioned to help scholars understand the continuing vitality of this relationship, via exceptional research resources ranging from 15th-century manuscripts to electronic journals.

The Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program and Baird Society Resident Scholar Program provide support for scholarly research in the Special Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC and New York, NY, in an extensive range of subject areas. The newly established Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Resident Scholar Program supports longer-term research projects for scholars of early American history.

Baird Society Resident Scholar Program

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The Baird Society Resident Scholar Program was established to support the study of some of SI Libraries’ most unique and valuable holdings: its Special Collections. Stipends of $3,500 per month for up to six months are available for individuals working on a topic relating to these collections. These collections are located in New York, NY and Washington, DC and cover a wide range of subject areas. Doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars are welcome to apply.

Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Resident Scholar Program

The Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Resident Scholar Program

The Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Resident Scholar Program supports scholarly research into the legacy of Patrick Henry and his political circle, the early political history of Virginia, the history of the American Revolution, founding era ideas and policy-making, as well as science, technology, and culture in colonial America and the Early National Period. The stipend for this long-term post-doctoral fellowship is $30,000 for six consecutive months. Applicants must hold a PhD by September 1 of the year they apply. Senior scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.

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