The Department welcomes qualified scholars and professionals from around the world who are interested in utilizing the collections and facilities of the NMNH for on-site research and study. Visiting researchers must request a visit well in advance of their anticipated arrival to ensure the appropriate approvals, collections, workspace, and other details are in place. Researchers must comply with all export compliance regulations. For additional information contact the Botany Chair.
Botany Travel Awards
Department of Botany Travel Awards are presented annually to support the study of collections in the United States National Herbarium. Typically, about four awards are made, each with an allowance up to $5000. Preference is given to students working on tropical plants. Those interested in being considered for these awards are asked to submit a curriculum vitae, a short proposal, and a letter of support. The call for applications is typically made in the fall, with application materials due in the winter, and recipients announced in early spring. Successful applicants are expected to visit the U.S. National Herbarium within a year of receiving an award. All applications must be submitted each year by 15 January through the Smithsonian Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) found at https://solaa.si.edu. For more information, see below or email Dr. Pedro Acevedo (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fellowships provide an opportunity for scholars to conduct independent research, in residence, under the guidance of an NMNH staff scientist.
Internships offer undergraduate, graduate and advanced high school students a mentor-guided experience designed to meet their learning objectives.
The Department hosts many volunteers who assist in research and collections task. A minimum commitment of 3 consecutive months is required and at least 6 hours per week.
For more information visit our volunteer page.