The James Smithson Fellowship Program is the Smithsonian’s first to combine the best of the Institution’s vast scholarship and collections and its unparalleled access to the nation’s capital in one yearlong learning experience. The program has been started with an initial endowment by Paul Neely, immediate past chair of the Smithsonian National Board, and will start with two fellows per year with plans to increase that number in subsequent years. This fellowship opportunity combines scholarship with policy applications. It is a program that will draw upon the Smithsonian’s vast resources as well as its organized networks in Washington and beyond. The James Smithson Fellowship Program is open to post-doctoral students in the fields of science, the humanities and the arts. Fellows will work in one of the subject areas defined by the Smithsonian strategic plan’s four grand challenges: Understanding the American Experience, Valuing World Cultures, Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, and Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe. Specific fellowships will be tailored to each individual’s interests, field and talents. Policy-focused activities will take them beyond their scholarly research to work with other federal, national and international agencies and organizations. Information is available online at: http://www.si.edu/ofi/jamessmithson. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2013.