The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design

Garden Club of America

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Grant amount: US $4,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2021 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research, Fellowship

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

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Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design 

Sponsored by the Garden Club of America (GCA), this fellowship was established in 2000 by Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer J. Thomas, Jr. and is awarded annually to an exceptional graduate student to assist with study and research at a leading American institution. 

The purpose of the GCA is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondences and publications, and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.

This fellowship reflects and promotes the GCA’s interest in supporting garden history and design, and examining the future of gardens and their unique place in our environment. Today, with growing constraints on all open space, the art of the garden increases in importance. Professionals have expressed the need to focus on American garden history and design, and have expressed dismay at the lack of funding help for talented students.

Project study should have wide scope, such as investigating new techniques of garden restoration; studying how small gardens created by community groups have impacted public gardens; exploring and documenting physical, emotional and spiritual healing properties of the garden; and instigating the development of gardens that use ecological and regenerative concepts, to name but a few possibilities.

Selection criteria will include the degree to which the proposed fellowship work addresses GCA objectives, as well as the excellence of the student’s academic qualifications and person. 

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


  • Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.
  • Applicant must be a graduate student. 
  • Only one GCA scholarship, fellowship or award may be applied for annually.