Graduate Research Fellowships
LINK FOUNDATION/SMITHSONIAN 12-WEEK GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
Edwin and Marian Link
The Smithsonian Institution has had a long association with The Link Foundation dating back to the 1950's when Mr. and Mrs. Edwin A. Link established the Foundation in offices on the Mall in Washington, D.C. The Link Trainer, invented by Mr. Link in 1929, was the first successful flight simulator and truly a pioneer engineering effort that started a entirely new field of endeavor. Mr. Link later became interested in underwater exploration and developed the Johnson-Sea-Link submersibles. As one means of implementing policy, the Foundation makes grants to qualified nonprofit organizations interested in the mastery of the air and sea, and the development of energy resources and their conservation.
Each year since 1998, the Link Foundation has awarded 12-week graduate student fellowships to conduct marine science research at the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce. Students work in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff - either resident Marine Station investigators, or marine scientists from other Smithsonian entities who carry out a part of their research at the Station. See prospective graduate student advisors (Valerie Paul, Jennifer Sneed, Melanie McField, Michael Boyle) for their current projects and specific research interests.
Applications for Link Foundation/Smithsonian Institution 12-week Graduate Fellowships are due on February 15th each year. Detailed information about these awards may be found at the links below:
Link Fellowship Application Materials
Register for a free account and look under Fellowships, National Museum of Natural History
ELIZABETH (SUSIE) BALSER MEMORIAL GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
Following the untimely passing of Dr. Elizabeth (Susie) Balser in 2018, a graduate research fellowship was created through the generous donations of Susie’s professional and academic friends and colleagues. The Elizabeth Balser Memorial Fellowship was designed to promote studies of the development and diversity of life history patterns of marine invertebrate animals, with a focus on their embryonic and larval stages – areas of inquiry that were central to Susie’s research and teaching interests.