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 2019, 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.

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  • Applications open: January 2, 2019, 12:01am CST
  • Application deadline: February 28, 2019, 11:59pm CST
  • Letter of reference deadline: February 28, 2019, 11:59pm CST
  • Start date: September 2, 2019

Application Requirements

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 28, 2019 at 11:59pm CST.

Fellowship Opportunities

Armour Graduate Fellowship

The Armour Graduate Fellowship is open to any student enrolled in a PhD program who has completed their qualifying exams and meets the above eligibility requirements.

Brown Graduate Fellowship

The Brown Graduate Fellowship is for students enrolled in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology (CEB) training program at the University of Chicago, and this stipend is restricted to US citizens who have completed their qualifying exams.

Women in Science Graduate Fellowship

The Women in Science Graduate Fellowship is from The Field Museum's Women's Board and is given to a female graduate student who has completed her qualifying exams and meets the above eligibility requirements.