Smithsonian Institution (SI) Fellows are awarded fellowships to conduct independent research. When diving at SI facilities or with SI Divers, SI Fellows are required to receive authorization from the Scientific Diving Program (SDP). If you are applying for an SI fellowship which requires diving, you and your dive buddy will be required to meet SDP MINIMUM STANDARDS.
Fellows with NO parent organization may fall under SI-SCIENTIFIC DIVER requirements. If there is an affiliation with another organization (such as 'employment at' or has an 'academic advisor with' another institution) the diver would then apply to dive under RECIPROCITY requirements.
Fellows who have an affiliation elsewhere (such as Graduate Fellows or Post Grad with an appointment at another institution) should apply to dive under RECIPROCITY as a diver from their parent organization.
Before you can dive:
1. Do you qualify to dive with SDP? See SDP MINIMUM DIVING STANDARDS
2. Do you have an SI Sponsor? All Fellows must have an SI Sponsor.
3. Are you officially registered as a Fellow? This is required before your dive application can be processed.
Download the SDP FELLOWSHIP CHECK-LIST to assure you have met all requirements.