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Thanks to generous donor support, we are able to offer the following doctoral fellowship:

  • ConocoPhillips/SMSC Conservation Research Fellowship

Fellowships include:

  • Support for five years of study
  • Stipend of $28,000 per year
  • Health insurance
  • Tuition remission for a defined number of credits


Fellowships are open to any prospective SMSC applicant who meets the following criteria:

Preference will be given to applicants who work on a research project that involves collaboration between Mason and Smithsonian investigators and whose mentor actively collaborates with SMSC (e.g., accepting practicum/research students or unpaid instruction).

Finding a Mentor

Applicants should contact potential research advisors to make arrangements with them before submitting an application.

Potential Research Advisors

How to Apply

Doctoral fellowships are available only to students planning to begin their course of study in fall 2019. Submit a full application packet to the George Mason University Graduate Admissions Office. Follow the instructions for a Graduate-Degree Seeking Student for fall 2019. Include the extra Letter of Interest for both doctoral fellowships.

Notice for applicants with program application deadlines before the SMSC Fellowship deadline of February 4, 2019: Applications for the SMSC Fellowship must be submitted no later than your program’s posted deadline, however applicants are permitted to submit the documentation for the SMSC Fellowship through February 4. In order to submit these documents after the application has been submitted, follow these steps:

  • Upload a blank document to both the “Endorsement Letter” and the “Essay” fields.
  • Send an e-mail containing the full name used on the application to Subject Line:  “Late SMSC Fellowship Application.”
  • Wait for an e-mail with instructions to upload the SMSC documents.

This option is available only to applicants who have program application deadlines in advance of the February 4, 2019 SMSC Fellowship application deadline.