A. Verville Fellowship at the National Air and Space Museum

The Verville Fellowship is a competitive nine- to twelve-month in-residence fellowship intended for the analysis of major trends, developments, and accomplishments in the history of aviation or space studies. The fellowship is open to interested candidates with demonstrated skills in research and writing. Publishing experience should demonstrate either a mid-level academic record of accomplishment or proven ability to reliably engage broader audiences. An advanced degree in history or a related field is preferred but not a requirement. An annual stipend of $55,000 will be awarded for a 12-month fellowship, with limited additional funds for travel and miscellaneous expenses.

Candidates are encouraged to pursue programs of research and writing professional in tone and substance, but addressed to an audience with broad interests.


Each fellow will work closely with staff members who have similar interests. Staff members of the Aeronautics Department currently conduct research into aviation history including such themes as the growth and impact of aeronautics on society; the evolution of aircraft technology; and the development of air transport and military aviation. The department emphasizes both U.S. and international aspects of aviation history. Members of the Space History Department conduct research in the history of post-war science and technology and the history of space flight, and have written major works on the history of rocketry and the origins of space science.


Excellent archival and library staff and facilities are available. The Museum's archival collection contains approximately 2,000,000 photographs, 700,000 feet of motion picture film, a major collection of technical manuals and engineering drawings, and other documentary materials. The library holds over 29,000 book volumes and 11,000 serial volumes. The archival and library collections cover the history of aviation, space science and exploration, flight technology, aerospace industry, aerospace biography, lighter-than-air technology, and rocketry. The Center for Earth and Planetary Studies houses a NASA-supported Regional Planetary Image Facility that contains photographs, images and digital data of the planets and their satellites, as well as cartographic products generated from these images. Access to all other Smithsonian libraries, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives is available.


The A. Verville Fellowship is open to all interested candidates who can provide a critical analytical approach to major trends, developments, and accomplishments in some aspect of aviation and/or space history. Good writing skills are required. An advanced degree is not a requirement. Graduate predoctoral students will normally not be considered for the Verville.

Conditions of Appointment

The Verville Fellow is appointed for a period of 9 to 12 consecutive months, normally beginning between August 15 and October 1. The starting date should be mutually selected by the appointee and the Smithsonian advisor. Extension or renewal of appointments are competitive, not automatic. Applicants are not obligated to accept a Fellowship if selected. Residence in the Washington, DC metropolitan area during the Fellowship term is a requirement of these Fellowships.

The Verville Fellow is required to write a series of articles or a book as outlined in his/her proposal, make at least one work-in-progress staff presentation on his/her topic, report regularly to his/her advisor, adhere to a 40 hour work week, maintain research expenditure records, and prepare a summary report at the end of the term.

Stipends and Allowances

The A. Verville Fellowship stipend is $55,000 for a 12 month Fellowship. Only one Fellowship is awarded. For shorter terms, the stipend amount will be prorated.

Fellows are eligible to receive a travel allowance not to exceed the cost of one round trip ticket from the nearest airport to assist their temporary relocation to the Smithsonian. For research-related expenses, Fellows may also receive a research allowance of up to $2000 for the Guggenheim Predoctoral Fellowship, of up to $3000 for the Guggenheim Postdoctoral Fellowship, and of up to $5000 for the Verville Fellowship and Lindbergh Chair, subject to the submission of a budget acceptable to the principal advisor(s). Please provide a budget and provide justification within your proposal. See the instructions below for further details.

Taxes and Visas

The Smithsonian Institution does not withhold income taxes from stipends. This is the responsibility of the Fellow. Fellows are excluded from Social Security coverage as well, as a Fellow is not an employee of the Smithsonian Institution.

The Smithsonian Office of Fellowship and Grants will assist with the necessary arrangements for visas for foreign nationals who do not already possess visas, or who wish to change the type of permit held. Normally, visas arranged by the Smithsonian Institution will give the Fellow the status of "Foreign Exchange Visitor" (J-visa). A spouse and minor children may travel on the same visa as the Fellow.

Application date
15 Jan 2017
9-12 months
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Other Engineering Mathematics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
US$ 55.000