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My winning proposal: The fine art of a Smithsonian application


Charlotte Horlyck, a London-based researcher in Korean art history, beat the odds when she won a fellowship to the Smithsonian Institution in the United States. She tells Eleni Courea how she did it.

The Smithsonian Institution is a group of 19 museums and nine research centres administered by the United States government. Affectionately termed “the nation’s attic” for the wealth of its holdings, the Smithsonian offers annual fellowships at the pre-doctoral, postdoctoral and senior researcher levels.

Senior researchers and postdocs can apply for up to $50,400 a year, while predoctoral students can get up to $36,000. Fellowships last between three and 12 months. About 20 per cent of applications are successful, but a large number of fellowships go to US-based researchers.

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