Funding brief: The Field Museum houses some of the world’s finest collections. The Field Museum recognizes the need to support basic research on its collections by interested students and scholars throughout the world. To this end, the Museum offers a modest number of grants and fellowships to visiting scientists and students for research and training in our scientific collections and state-of-the-art laboratories. Grants to examine specimens in our collections are open on a competitive basis to all individuals in the national and international scholarly community working on problems related to natural history. Eligibility for undergraduate research (REU) internships, high school internships and science educators vary, please consult the description for each program.
● DNA Residency Program for high school students(6-week internships)
● DNA Residency Program for science educators(6-week internships)
● REU Summer internships(10-week internships)
●Field Museum Women in Science internships(6-week internships: three high school, three undergraduate)
● Graduate Student Fellowships(one-year fellowship for resident graduate students)
● Visiting Scholarships(short term visit up to three months for collection-based research studies)|
● Postdoctoral Scientists
● Bass Senior Visiting Fellowships
Graduate Fellowships: A limited number of Field Museum fellowships are available for graduate students engaged in dissertation research associated with the Museum. These fellowships provide stipend support, as well as limited funds to support research and travel. For 2018, two fellowships are available, both in the amount of $32,000: the Armour Fellowship and the Women in Science Fellowship. Students must be in residence in the Chicago area and are expected to spend a significant portion of their research time at the Museum for the duration of the fellowship. Eligible graduate students must have completed the preliminary examination. The period of appointment is one year and starts on September 1st. Applicants must contact the sponsoring curator well in advance of the application deadline. Applicants who have been awarded a Field Museum fellowship by the scholarship committee previously are not eligible to apply for a second fellowship.
Applications require an endorsement letter from a Field Museum scientific sponsor. Please note that Field Museum scientific sponsors can support up to two Graduate Fellowship applications per cycle. Candidates applying for these fellowships must have a formal involvement with the Museum; a Field Museum curator must serve as member or chair on the student’s academic committee, and the research should rely heavily upon the collections and facilities of the Museum.
Visiting Scholarships: Visiting Scholarships provide opportunities for scientists who wish to use The Field Museum’s collections. Funds are earmarked for travel and for subsistence while visitors are conducting their research.
Donor Name: The Field Museum
Funding name: Graduate Fellowships, Visiting Scholarships
● Graduate Fellowships:
Applications open: January, 2nd, 2019, 12:01am CST
Application deadline: February, 28th, 2019, 11:59pm CST
Letter of reference deadline: February, 28th, 2019, 11:59pm CST
● Visiting Scholarships:
Applications open: November, 1st, 2018, 12:01am CST
Application deadline: December, 1st, 2018, 11:59pm CST
Letters of reference deadline: December, 1st, 2018
Awardee accept/decline deadline: January, 25th, 2019
Funding details link: Click to view
● Graduate Fellowships: For 2018, two fellowships are available, both in the amount of $32,000: the Armour Fellowship and the Women in Science Fellowship.
● Visiting Scholarships: Young professionals and graduate students can be funded for periods of a few days to several weeks from the Thomas J. Dee, the Karl P. Schmidt, the Bass fund, and the Visiting Scholar funds. Awards are typically between $1,500 and $2,500 (overseas scholars) per scholar, owing to the limited availability of these funds. Requests up to $3,900 may be submitted by overseas scholars with more expensive airfares and longer visits; larger amounts cannot be considered. Applicants to the African Scholars program, however, may request up to $7,000 total for expenses related to their travel, lodging, and living expenses in Chicago, as well as their visa costs. Please note in the online application whether you are applying to the African Scholars program. Typically, a proposed budget would estimate costs for airfare plus approximately $1,000 per month for accommodation and meals. Before preparing a budget, they recommend consulting with your contact at the Museum. Foreign applicants should be aware that their award is subject to American taxes, and in addition, should carefully consider the cost of acquiring a visa.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date:
● Graduate Fellowships: September, 2nd, 2019
● Visiting Scholarships: February, 20th, 2019
Project duration: Not found
Eligible organization: As below
● Graduate Fellowships: A limited number of Field Museum fellowships are available for graduate students.
● Visiting Scholarships: Young professionals and graduate students can be funded for periods of a few days to several weeks from the Thomas J. Dee, the Karl P. Schmidt, the Bass fund, and the Visiting Scholar funds.
Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)
Submission mail: Not found
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● Graduate Fellowships: Applications for these fellowships require descriptions of:
The proposed research (1-2 pages, double-spaced), including its purpose and significance and the relevance of Field Museum’s collections to the project
Collaboration(s) with Field Museum curators and other Museum sponsors
Procedures and methods used in the project: Statements should be written in a way that highlights the importance and potential impact of the planned project and is understandable to a broader audience beyond specialists in the relevant field. The description of the proposed research should contain a brief chapter explaining how it relates to the overall PhD program of the applicant, but should otherwise be specific to the project planned during the duration of the 1-year fellowship. While the quality of the science of the proposal and its feasibility and relevance to the Museum’s collections and research are the single most important criteria to evaluate a proposal, the narrative should also spark excitement about the project.
A current full Curriculum Vitae (in English), which includes names and contact information of two references in addition to your Field Museum sponsor must be uploaded with the application (pdf or doc formats only). A copy of your thesis proposal must be uploaded as supplemental material with the application.
One letter of reference is required. In the on-line application, you must designate the e-mail address of at least one non-Field Museum referee, who will receive an e-mail from the Field Museum requesting to upload a recommendation letter on your behalf. The recommendation letter must be received at the Field Museum by the February 28th application deadline. Please discuss your application with your referee and allow sufficient time for the referee to submit his/her letter of support. Endorsement letters from Field Museum sponsors are due by February 28th, 2018 at 11:59pm CST.
● Visiting Scholarships: Applications require statements regarding:
Purpose and significance of the proposed research
Relevance of Field Museum’s collections to the project Collaboration(s) with Field Museum curators, if any Procedures and methods used in the project
These statements should be written in a way that highlights the importance and potential impact of the planned project and is understandable to a broader audience beyond specialists in the relevant field. While the quality of the science of the proposal and its feasibility and relevance to the Museum’s collections and research are the single most important criteria to evaluate a proposal, the narrative should also spark excitement about the project.
A current full Curriculum Vitae (in English), including a list of references (other than a Field Museum curator or sponsor), must be uploaded with the application (pdf formats only). You may also submit an additional file of supplemental material (figures, tables, or letters) that you might want considered with your application.
In the on-line application, you must designate the e-mail address of at least one of your references, who will receive an e-mail from The Field Museum requesting to upload a recommendation letter on your behalf.
Proof of English Language Proficiency: As of January 2015, the Museum must verify that all J-1 exchange visitors have “sufficient proficiency in the English language, as determined by an objective measurement of English language proficiency, successfully to participate in his or her program and to function on a day-to-day basis.” The regulations provide several approved methods to document English proficiency:
A recognized English language test (following standards used by several universities, this would be a TOEFL score of 525 or 71 iBT, or an IELTS score of 6.0).
Signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school (completion of an English as a Second Language program or a degree from a university where instruction is all in English).
Through a documented interview conducted by the sponsor either in person or by video conferencing, or by telephone if video conferencing is not a viable option.
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