The dissertation research grants program at the Smithson Institution provides funding to support dissertation research in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, history, and the history of art. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are intended to support original research that contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the field.
The grants are open to applicants who are currently enrolled in an accredited doctoral program in one of the four disciplines. Applicants must have completed all coursework and examinations for their doctoral degree and must have begun their dissertation research. The research must be conducted in the United States or its territories.
The grants provide up to $10,000 for dissertation research projects. The funds may be used to cover costs associated with travel, research materials, and other related expenses. The grants are awarded for a one-year period and may be renewed for up to two additional years.
To apply for a dissertation research grant, applicants must submit a proposal that outlines the research topic, the proposed methodology, and the expected results. The proposal must also include a budget and a timeline for the completion of the project. Applicants must also provide letters of recommendation from two faculty members in their field of study.
The Smithson Institution reviews all applications and makes the final decision on the award of grants. The selection criteria include the quality of the research proposal, the qualifications of the applicant, and the potential of the project to make a significant contribution to the field.
The Smithson Institution also offers a Dissertation Research Fellowship Program, which provides additional support for advanced doctoral students. The fellowships provide up to $25,000 for dissertation research projects and are awarded on a competitive basis. The fellowship program is open to doctoral students from any accredited institution and is intended to support research that contributes to the advancement of knowledge in the field.