Smith Fellows
What is a Smith Fellowship?

The David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program seeks to develop future world leaders and entrepreneurs who are successful at linking conservation science and application. Smith Fellowships provide two years of postdoctoral support to outstanding early-career scientists. 

Recent News

2024 Smith Fellows Request for Proposals Announced! Deadline for receipt of application materials September 15, 2023. Proposal Guidelines here

Announcing the Class of 2023!

Nicole Crane selected to lead the Smith Fellows Program as Executive Director! Announcement here

Pre-proposal webinar with application/selection process overview and FAQ recording posted here!

Introducing the Class of 2022! Read more about their projects here.

Cedar Tree Foundation Announces the Retirement of Smith Fellows Executive Director Mike Dombeck.

Meet the Class of 2021!

The Smith Fellowship shares the sentiments of its administrative partner, the Society for Conservation Biology, condemning anti-Black violence and commits itself in service of efforts to make the Program, the Society, and the field of conservation more equitable, inclusive, and just. 

Meet the Class of 2020!

Smith Fellows author SCB policy statement opposing construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea (Mauna a Wākea), Hawai'i

Smith Fellows provide comment on proposed National Parks reductions and targeted fee increases

Smith Fellows author policy brief on banning microbeads