Arnold Arboretum: Sargent Award for Visiting Scholars

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2019

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student Graduate Student Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Massachusetts

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University achieves excellence in scholarship and contributes to the advancement of society as an international center for the study of plants. Integrating eminent living and archival collections for discovery and dissemination of knowledge to the students of Harvard University, local educational institutions, and the public, the Arnold Arboretum is a premier destination for deepening understanding and appreciation of plants, horticulture, and biodiversity.

The Arnold Arboretum provides exceptional resources for woody plant research. The living collection, numbering some 15,000 plants, is distinguished as one of the most thoroughly documented collections of temperate woody plants in the world. Taxonomic diversity and breadth within the collection are noteworthy, and the floras of China, Japan, and Korea are particularly well represented.

The Sargent Award enables the Arnold Arboretum to support original research by visiting scholars, foster collegial exchanges and partnerships, and demonstrate the research value of the Arboretum’s collections.

The Sargent Award is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Jack Wittenberg through the Charles Sprague Sargent Fund.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Sargent Award provides support for visiting scholars in the botanical sciences to conduct research that utilizes the livinglibrary, and/or herbarium collections of the Arnold Arboretum.
  • Awards are granted to support research expenses and/or travel expenses associated with the proposed research.


  • Awards are not intended to serve as a salary stipend.