Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA)
The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) is an intensive four-week residential training program in museum research methods for graduate students in cultural anthropolgy. It uses the Smithsonian's anthropological resource as a "field site," giving students hands-on experience in collecting and analyzing data from collections in conjunction with formal training methods, all centered around individual research projects.
The Department welcomes scholars, artists, and other researchers from around the world who are interested in utilizing the collections and facilities of the NMNH. Visiting researchers must request an appointment well in advance of the anticipated arrival date to ensure the accessibility of collections and the availability of staff to assist them and comply with all export compliance regulations. Please contact us for more information.
Eligible graduate students conducting independent research using Smithsonian collections may apply for funding through the Minority Awards Program Visiting Student Awards or the Native American Visiting Student Awards.
Similarly, the Native American Community Scholar Awards provides support for any visiting researcher from a Native American community.
Fellowships provide an opportunity for scholars to conduct resident, independent study under the guidance of an NMNH staff advisor.
Internships offer undergraduate, graduate and advanced high school students a mentor-guided experience designed to meet their learning objectives.
Paid internships at the graduate and undergraduate level are also available through the Native American Awards Internship Program and the SI Latino Initiative Internship to Fellowship Program.
The Department hosts many volunteers who assist in research and collections tasks. A minimum commitment of 3 consecutive months is required and at least 6 hours per week.
For more information visit our volunteer page.