Peter Buck Fellowship Program

Funding Agency:
Smithsonian Institution

Established with an endowment from Peter Buck in 2011, the Peter Buck Fellowship Program is considered the most important contribution to the intellectual vibrancy and influence of Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in its 100-year history. Long-time member of the NMNH Board, Peter Buck, is a physicist, restaurateur, and philanthropist. To help support the intellectual growth of the next generation of scientists and foster intellectual exchange between the NMNH community and a diverse pool of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers he endowed this fellowship program.

The Peter Buck Fellowship Program is designed to complement the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP), allowing NMNH to offer more and longer fellowships.

The purpose of the Peter Buck Fellowship program is to support full-time, resident, independent research focused on utilizing the NMNH collections and facilities.  Awardees are expected to be actively involved in the scholarly activities of the Museum.

The two central goals of the Peter Buck Fellowship Program are to train the next generation of scientists and museum professionals, and to increase the flow of new ideas, perspectives, and skills into the Museum community through full-time resident fellowships.

To accomplish this we mainly award multi-year postdoctoral fellowships, generally paired with first year awards through the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP), to external postdoctoral scholars who have received a Ph.D. or equivalent within the last five years.

Peter Buck fellowships are open to citizens of any country for them to conduct resident research as part of the NMNH community under the advisorship of an NMNH staff scientist.

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants should have a proven record of research accomplishment.  Fellowships are available to US and non-US citizens.  Applicants must write and converse fluently in English.

To be considered for a Peter Buck Fellowship award, researchers must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree and all formal requirements for a Ph.D. must be completed before the start of the tenure.

Funding Type



Post Doctoral Fellows


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

November 1, 2019