Research Funding

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum is pleased to announce funding for the research of philatelic or postal topics leading to publication. The funds are available to PhDs, doctoral students, and other specialists. They enable their recipients to spend an uninterrupted block of time doing research on their projects in NPM and other appropriate Washington DC collections and discussing their work with specialists. Research can include any topic supported by the NPM collections.

The Museum also co-sponsors research with philatelic and postal history groups. We are currently working with the United States Stamp Society. Please take a look at its website for more information.

United States Stamp Society

Interested persons are invited to apply for these funds. The funds, for a sum up to $2,500, shall be a contribution toward expenses for a visit(s) to Washington DC. Please contact for the application and to learn more. Please send any questions to

NPM also hosts fellows supported by the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP).

Information on Smithsonian-wide fellowships is available at:

Applications should be submitted to the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program using the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). Once inside the application, under “Search for Program,” you will see a box labeled Office/Museum/Research Center, from the drop-down menu, select “Office of Fellowships” (not “National Postal Museum”).

To apply go to