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Applications for the Big Ten Academic Alliance/Smithsonian Fellowships are now being accepted!

October 3, 2016



These one-year fellowships are offered through the Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships and Internships in partnership with the Academic Alliance in order to support research in residence at Smithsonian Institution facilities. The Smithsonian proposes to expand the number of Fellowships awarded to Big Ten Academic Alliance (formerly known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation) doctoral students from seven to approximately 25.

The fellowships carry a stipend of $32,700 (plus tuition and health benefits) shared on a 50/50 basis by the Smithsonian Institution and the Fellow’s university. The Graduate School is pleased to partner with the Smithsonian in sponsoring UMD students.

Application materials must be submitted electronically between September 6, 2016, and December 1, 2016, at 5 PM through For additional information and application instructions, please visit

UMD students have been very successful in securing these fellowships in the past. Past UMD winners are listed below:

Calandra Stanley, a doctoral student in Biological Sciences graduate program in the Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics (BEES) concentration was the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship for 2016. Stanley is investigating how seasonal interactions are contributing to the decline of a migratory songbird, the wood thrush. She will be using stable isotopes to quantify how carry-over effects from the non-breeding season are created and sustained through to the breeding season. 

Madhvi Venkratraman, a doctoral student in Biological Sciences graduate program in the Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics (BEES) concentration was awarded the CIC/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship for 2015-16. Venkratraman’s research uses genomic transcriptomics tools to study population history and adaptation in island birds. Her work focuses on three island systems: the California Channel Islands, Malaysian Borneo and the Hawaiian Islands. 

Amy Marquardt, a doctoral graduate of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering was awarded the the CIC/Smithsonian Institution Fellowship for 2014-15. Her work involves the use of an atomic layer deposition to produce a new generation of transparent, extremely conformal and much longer lasting protective coatings for silver alloy cultural heritage objects. 


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