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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. A listing of prospective graduate student advisors and their projects is located at 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:

General Information for Link Foundation Fellowships

Link Fellowship Application Materials
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Current and Former Link Foundation/Smithsonian Institution Graduate Fellows


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The Peter Buck Fellowship Program offers both Postdoctoral and Graduate Fellowships to people who want to work with Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History advisors. Postdocs are 2-3 years; Graduates are 1-2 years and don't require the student to have been admitted to candidacy. Both require residency at NMNH or its permanent facilities (which includes SMS!) and are open to citizens of any country. Applications are submitted to the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships through their online system and are due at the same time as Smithsonian Fellowships (Jan 15).

Information for applicants is available online at:

Applicants may be simultaneously considered for Buck Fellowships and Smithsonian Fellowships.  If a Postdoc proposal is 2 years long, it will automatically be considered for both. Graduate student proposals of 1 year will also be considered for both, as long as the student has advanced to candidacy (that being a requirement for SI pre-docs).  Postdocs may also propose two possible durations for their projects (for example a one-year and a three-year) so that they can be considered for both sources of money. If they choose to do this they need to provide a clear statement of what will be accomplished under each scenario, and a separate timetable.  The same goes of Graduate Students who have been admitted to candidacy. They can describe a project of up to 1 year (SI Predoc) and of 1-2 years duration (Buck), but they should provide goals and schedule for each version.

Applications will be reviewed by the same committees that review regular Smithsonian fellowship proposals: Evolutionary and Systematic Biology, Anthropology, and Earth Sciences.


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