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Each year, the Smithsonian Marine Station promotes the education of emerging scientists by offering one or more research fellowships. In addition to 12-week Link Foundation Graduate Fellows, the Station hosts postdoctoral, senior postdoctoral, and occasional predoctoral fellows through funding from the Smithsonian's Marine Science Network and the Smithsonian Institution Research Fellowship Program.

Candidates for Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce should contact Dr. Valerie Paul electronically at, by telephone at 772-462-0982, or by mail at The Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, 701 Seaway Dirve, Fort Pierce, Florida 34949 USA.

A list of current research and postdoctoral research carried out at the Marine Station may be found at the links below:

Specific Research Interests of Scientists at SMS

Current and Former Smithsonian Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellows



The Tennebaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) is a unique array of laboratories spanning the western Atlantic coastal zone and across the Isthmus of Panama, facilitating long-term interdisciplinary, comparative research among Network sites.  The Network includes SERC (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, Maryland), SMSFP (Smithsonian Marine Station at Ft. Pierce, Florida), Carrie Bow Cay Marine Field Station (CCRE Program-Belize), and STRI (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama).  The Network invites Postdoctoral research proposals that complement the TMON/Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO) program at the Smithsonian Institution.

Postdoctoral scientists must collaborate directly with identified Smithsonian scientists as named sponsors/advisors of the fellowship (see Marine Research Staff). Fellows should select co-advisors from more than one SI unit (NMNH including SMSFP, SERC, STRI, NZP).  Stipends are $48,000 per year with additional funds available for group health insurance, travel from place of origin to the Smithsonian host facility, research travel and research supplies, up to a combined $63,000 maximum per year. Awards will be made for a maximum of two years, pending review of the first-year progress report.  Proposals must focus on comparative research involving at least two of the Network facilities. Individuals who have been employees at the Smithsonian Institution within the previous year are not eligible. Proposals are due December 1st.

Complete information and application materials are available at

TMON/MarineGEO Postdoctoral Fellowships


Research fellowships in Marine Science are available through the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program, which provides funding for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and senior investigators to conduct research in association with Smithsonian scientists. Candidates are especially encouraged to apply for the multi-year Peter Buck Fellowships. As a part of the National Museum of Natural History, fellows based at the Smithsonian Marine Station have access to a research staff of more than 100 scholars, world-class collections, and modern core facilities including molecular laboratories, computer clusters, STEM, confocal, and stable isotope labs. All applicants should contact potential staff advisors to determine the feasibility of the proposed research and tenure dates, as well as the availability of relevant collections and other resources. Potential staff advisors and information about their work is available at Current SMS Research and Marine Science/MarineGeo Network Staff.

Proposal deadline is December 1st. Fellowship durations range from three months to three years depending on fellowship category. The stipend for Predoctoral Fellows is $32,700 per year (twelve months) and for Postdoctoral and Senior Fellows is $48,000 per year (twelve months). A maximum research allowance of $4,000 per year is available. Ten-week Graduate Student Fellowships are also available with a stipend of $7,000. Fellowships are open to citizens of any country. For more information, and to apply online, go to

Smithsonian Institution Research Fellowships


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