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Oak Spring Garden Foundation Fellowship in Plant Conservation Biology 2024

Oak Spring Garden Foundation Fellowship in Plant Conservation Biology 2024

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Oak Spring Garden Foundation Fellowship in Plant Conservation Biology 2024

The Plant Conservation Biology Fellowship is awarded annually to one outstanding, early-career practitioner, scholar or scientist working on issues related to plant and landscape conservation in the broad sense.  The goal is to provide advanced graduate students, post-docs, and beginning faculty with an extended stay of  2 – 5 weeks on the Oak Spring estate to undertake independent writing and thinking, away from the day-to-day demands of their other responsibilities.

While at OSGF, the fellow will be able to meet with staff, explore our 700-acre landscape and our efforts in sustainable land management, and visit our rare book library that holds over 19,000 objects, including many examples of botanical art. The Fellowship is well suited for individuals working on writing projects that require dedicated time and minimal distractions.

OSGF intends to award the Fellowship to an exceptional plant conservation biologist whose research shows remarkable promise to contribute to the conservation of plants, and the landscapes of which they are a part of.  The Fellow will be scheduled to visit when there are other Interdisciplinary Residents or Fellows on site.


  • The $10,000 individual grant associated with this award can be put towards travel to and from OSGF, materials and supplies purchased for their Residency, and other items that will support their work, before or after their stay at OSGF.
  • The selected Fellow should make travel arrangements to Dulles International Airport, where Oak Spring will arrange ground transportation for them to our estate in Upperville, VA.  The Fellow will be housed in a nicely appointed shared accommodations. The fellow will have a private bedroom and bathroom, and share a living room and kitchen with 1 – 3 other Residents or Fellows.

Check: MIT Environmental Solutions Journalism Fellowships 2024

Eligibility for Plant Conservation Biology Fellowship 2024

  • Eligible applicants must be early-career practitioners, scholars or scientists, not enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in 2025.
  • The successful Fellow must be self-directed and able to work independently while on site.
  • Applicants are expected to show dedication in their work in plant conservation in the broad sense, exceptional promise, good communication skills and excellence in what they have accomplished or plan to accomplish.

Also Check: Club of Rome Communications Fellowship 2024 | Stipend available |

Application of Plant Conservation Biology Fellowship 2024

 Note that there is one application for all of our 2024 Residency and Fellowship programs, and you will be prompted to select which programs you would like to be considered for. You will be asked to submit:

  1. A resume/curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages),

  2. A 200 – 300-word statement on your current work in plant conservation,

  3. A 200 – 300-word statement how your work relates to Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s mission to “perpetuate and share the gifts of Rachel (“Bunny”) Lambert Mellon, including her residence, garden, estate and the Oak Spring Garden Library, to serve the public interest. OSGF is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating scholarship and public dialogue on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens and landscapes and the importance of plants for human well-being,”

  4. A 200 – 300 word description of how you anticipate using your time during a 2 – 5 week Residency at OSGF. OSGF does not currently have a laboratory, or laboratory/science equipment. However, our landscape offers an abundance of plant and animal life, and we are especially keen to support practitioners working with the conservation or management of species native to our local area. Successful applicants will also be able to indicate a clear and timely need for the Fellowship. Please keep in mind that the OSGF estate is set in a rural and tranquil setting, and we also welcome applicants who would use the Residency as an opportunity to observe and write, free from other distractions.

  5. A CV/resume

NOTE: When applying to this Fellowship, you will be asked if you are interested in being considered for our Interdisciplinary Residency, if you are not selected for the Fellowship.

The application portal is now open and will close May 31st, 2024.


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline31 May,2024
OrganizerOak Spring Garden Foundation



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