The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships

Garden Club of America

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Grant amount: Up to £30,000

Next deadline: Jan 15, 2019

Later deadlines: Oct 1, 2019

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: United Kingdom, United States

Location of residency: United Kingdom, United States

Location of citizenship: United States

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Overview:

To foster British-American relations through the interchange of scholars in horticulture, landscape architecture, and related fields and to promote the exchange of information in the horticultural field.

Financial sponsorship in the UK has been provided by various institutions, including the McLaren Family and the American Scholar was once known as the Martin McLaren Scholar. Now the fellowship is sponsored and administered by the Royal Horticultural Society, and the scholar is known as the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellow.

The Interchange Fellowships are a reciprocal exchange program, sponsored by The Garden Club of America in the US and the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK. More than 100 students have participated in the Interchange Fellowship Program, and many have gone on to hold prominent positions in public garden management, horticulture, education, and landscape architecture. The opportunities available to the fellows are unique in the horticultural field, and the network of past Fellows is a lasting legacy.

  • Provisions:
    • The Interchange Fellowship provides for a 10 month course of study in the United Kingdom. 
    • The RHS Interchange Fellowship reimburses up to 12,000 GBP for the costs of transportation, housing, food and personal expenses for one American student to spend ten months working and studying at leading horticultural centers or historic and botanic gardens in the UK, gaining valuable exposure to British horticultural techniques and developing contacts with the wealth of experience that the RHS has established with British horticulture.
    • The GCA pays for a round trip ticket to the UK, for the visa applications, and provides additional $6,000 for personal expenses.
    • The GCA Interchange Fellowship provides up to US$30,000 for a British recipient to attend a graduate program in horticulture, landscape architecture, or environmental studies at a US university for one academic year or for a one-year internship at Longwood Gardens in the US. 

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

Eligibility:

  • The RHS Interchange Fellowship is open to a single, unaccompanied American college graduate who has earned a BA or BS degree in horticulture, landscape architecture, or a related degree. 
  • Selected finalists are required to attend an interview at their own expense and will be notified of the time and place.
  • The GCA Interchange Fellowship is open to a British university graduate with a degree in horticulture, landscape architecture, botany or environmental studies, or to a British student horticulturist with a recognized horticultural qualification.