Smithsonian Institution and Mpala Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Mpala Postdoctoral Fellow in biology, anthropology, geology, hydrology, material science, social science, soil science or related areas resides at Smithsonian facilities and Mpala Research Centre, Kenya.

In addition to the standard conditions for Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowships, the following apply:

(1) the research topic must be in an area of science supported by the Smithsonian that is also appropriate to Mpala;

(2) at least one half of the fellowship period will be spent in residence at Mpala;

(3) the fellow must be sponsored by a scientist at an appropriate Smithsonian unit (collaboration with multiple units is encouraged);

(4) the fellow must also collaborate with an appropriate Kenyan organization.

This is usually the National Museums of Kenya or Kenya Wildlife Service. Collaboration with an international organisations in Kenya, such as the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology, is also encouraged.

The fellow is expected to actively participate in the science community at Mpala, including in research open days, field courses, outreach programmes, etc. The appointment would be one or two years. Stipends and tenure vary. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds.