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STRI Fellowships

We are happy to speak with potential applicants! Please contact Dr. Erin Spear at with questions or to discuss research ideas.

STRI fellowships range from 3 months to 3 years and fellows explore their own research questions across Panama’s rich tropical ecosystems while based at STRI’s state-of-the-art facilities. Learn more here.

Project-Specific Internship Opportunities

Evaluating microbial-driven internal decay of living trees over time and space, and implications for tree mortality and forest dynamics

Details about the application process and deadlines can be found here.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) facilities in the town of Gamboa and Barro Colorado Island, Panamá.

STRI’s policy is to provide equal opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, familial status, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

The Forest Disease Lab is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and seeks talented individuals historically underrepresented in STEM.