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 Award
We are pleased to announce the 2019 competition for Travel Awards sponsored by the Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. We anticipate that three or four awards of up to US$3000 each will be made. The intent of these awards is to support the study of specimens housed in the U.S. National Herbarium and preference will be given to students or researchers who work on tropical plants. Those interested in being considered for these awards are asked to submit a curriculum vitae, a short proposal, and two letters of support. Proposals should not exceed two pages in length and must include the following: applicant’s name and address, date submitted, specific objective(s) of the proposed visit in the context of an overall research project, proposed dates of visit, and a brief budget. Complete applications should be sent via e-mail to Dr. Eric Schuettpelz (SchuettpelzE@si.edu); applicants will receive a notice upon receipt of their completed application. All application materials must arrive no later than 15 January 2019. On or about 28 February 2019 all applicants will be notified of the decisions made by our selection committee. Successful applicants are expected to visit the U.S. National Herbarium within a year of receiving an award.
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.
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.