Queensland Smithsonian Fellowships Program

Up to $25,000 is available to support Queensland researchers and teachers to visit and complete a project at the Smithsonian Institution.

Queensland Smithsonian Fellowships Program


Queensland Smithsonian Fellowships Program

The Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Program supports collaborative projects between the Queensland Government and the Smithsonian Institution, based in the United States.



The Smithsonian Institution, established in 1846, is a group of museums and research centres administered by the United States of America (USA) government. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex comprising 19 museums and the National Zoo, with research facilities in the USA, Panama and elsewhere. It has close ties with 168 other museums in 39 states, Panama and Puerto Rico. These museums are known as Smithsonian affiliated museums.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) currently exists between the Queensland Government and the Smithsonian Institution. A primary objective of this alliance is the exchange of skills and knowledge to grow Queensland’s science, educational and cultural capabilities. As part of the MOU, the Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships, administered by the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (the Department), were developed.



The objective of the program is to support fellows from Queensland’s research, education and cultural sectors to visit a Smithsonian Institution facility in the United States and complete a project. Fellows will increase their knowledge and skills in areas of mutual interest with the Smithsonian Institution, and apply these to benefit their work and their home organisations in Queensland.



Queensland Government funding of up to $25,000 (excluding GST) is available for the nominated fellow to travel to the USA for a project ranging from 8 to 16 weeks in duration.



The Applicant Organisation: Applications are invited from Queensland agencies (the applicant organisation) that employ staff who work in an area of interest to one or more Smithsonian Institution agencies. The Queensland applicant organisation nominates the proposed Fellow (an employee of the agency) in the application. The applicant organisation must pay the Fellow’s salary while the Fellow undertakes the fellowship.

The Fellow: To be eligible for the program the proposed Fellow must:

  • be an Australian citizen, or have Australian residency
  • reside and work in Queensland
  • be employed by a Queensland based research, educational or cultural agency – including, but not limited to, universities, schools, museums, galleries, or government research organisations
  • provide evidence that the nominated Smithsonian Institution agency/agencies will accommodate the Fellow and provide basic administrative support for the duration of the Fellow’s visit.



Applications close 27 February 2017.


More Information


2015 Grant Recipients

RecipientProject nameFunding amountProject description
Mr Matthew Hayes, The University of QueenslandGrowth and interspecific competition in mangroves: The potential effects of climate change on community composition of mangroves$21,000Mr Hayes will visit the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama to investigate the potential effects of elevated carbon dioxide and nutrient enrichment on interspecific competition in mangroves.
Dr Dan Bendrups, Griffith UniversityPresenting the Pacific: A fellowship for building capacity in the practice of Pacific arts curatorship$17,000Dr Bendrups will visit the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to build capacity of managing and presenting historical music recordings and art objects pertaining to the island cultures of the Pacific.
Dr Lucy Cameron, Department of Science, Information Technology and InnovationThe role of government policy in building innovation hot-spots in the digital age$20,000Dr Cameron will visit the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in Washington DC to investigate the role of digital technologies in stimulating innovative workplaces, and the implications for government policy.

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