Research Scholarships and Grants

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.

Grant Categories

Application Deadlines

  • Graduate Fellowships - Application deadline: Jan 30, 2016
  • Visiting Scholarships - Application deadline: Nov 1, 2015
  • High School & Undergraduate Summer Internships - Application deadline: TBA

All Visiting Scholarship and Graduate Fellowship applications must be endorsed by a Field Museum curator. Preference is given to projects related to the collections strength or research interests of a Field Museum curator. All applicants for a visiting scholarship or a graduate fellowship must specify the Field Museum curator who will write a letter in support of the applicant’s project. Applicants must contact an appropriate curator at The Field Museum before submitting their application. Please note that Field Museum curators travel frequently, sometimes for extended time periods. Contact the appropriate Field Museum curator well in advance of the application deadline.
Applications for the DNA Discovery Center's Residency programs will require on-line applications (see the programming sites linked to above). Letters of recommendation from a teacher or other reference are required, so please plan accordingly.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Chair of the Scholarship Committee or The Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605