Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) -- Fellowships

Funding Agency:
Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution is committed to training the next generation of scientists to meet the environmental needs of the 21st century. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center offers a variety of fellowship opportunities to graduate, pre- and post-graduate students. Research topics of interest are located below. Please click on the appropriate accordion tab for more details about each fellowship type.

Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland conduct environmental research in temperate, tropical, and polar ecosystems across the globe. Recent research has highlighted the separate and interactive impacts of multiple global change factors on populations, communities, and ecosystems, including climate change, biological invasions, biodiversity loss, nutrient loading, trace element pollution, and habitat alteration. Insights gained in these studies will be crucial to developing science-based conservation plans that allow human societies to thrive while protecting our finite natural resources.

Graduate student fellowships are offered for students formally enrolled in a graduate program who have completed at least one semester and not yet been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. program.

Pre-doctoral fellowships are offered for students enrolled in a university as candidates for a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral candidates who have completed preliminary course work and examinations. By the time the appointment begins, the university must approve the undertaking of dissertation research at the Smithsonian Institution and certify that requirements for the doctorate, other than the dissertation, have been met. 

The Smithsonian Institution offers several Postdoctoral Fellowships annually to outstanding early career scientists.  The Smithsonian’s distinctive combination of field research facilities, museum archives, and expertise in ecology, biological conservation, systematics, and paleobiology provides opportunities for synthetic, big-picture insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today, including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species.   

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Research Topics Include:

  • Global Climate Change

  • Invasion Biology

  • Estuarine Ecology

  • Forest & Wetland Ecology

  • Solar Radiation

  • Water Quality & Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

  • Food Web Dynamics

  • Trace Element & Nutrient Cycling

  • Coastal & Upland Ecosystem Processes

  • Plant-Herbivore Interactions



Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Post Doctoral Fellows


Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

November 1, 2019