GCA Fellowship in Ecological Restoration

Garden Club of America


Grant amount: US $8,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 31, 2018

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research, Fellowship, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

The Garden Club of America (GCA) offers an annual Fellowship in Ecological Restoration. Established in 2000 with funds from the John B. Young Charitable Trust as well as GCA members and clubs, the fellowship’s goal is to support research that will advance knowledge and increase the number of scientists in the important field of ecological restoration, the active healing of the land. The $8,000 grant is awarded annually to exceptional graduate students to support specialized study in ecological restoration at an accredited U.S. university. Preference will be given to projects that include field research conducted in the United States. A panel of experts associated with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the GCA Scholarship Committee. 

The purpose of The Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence 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. 

Purpose of Fellowship

To support specialized graduate study and research in ecological restoration, the “active healing of the land.” Ecological Restoration is further defined as “the process of assisting the recovery and management of ecological integrity. Ecological integrity includes a critical range of variability in biodiversity, ecological processes and structures, regional and historical context, and sustainable cultural practices.” The goal of this fellowship is to support research that will advance knowledge and increase the numbers of scientists in this important field.

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

Eligibility:

  • Open to graduate students for specialized study and research in ecological restoration at accredited U.S. university.
  • Fields of study of past recipients have ranged from forestry to applied plant sciences to ecology and evolutionary biology. 
  • Examples of appropriate expenditures include:
    • supplies and equipment directly related to your research
    • travel expenses
    • hiring assistants
    • tuition costs
  • Only one GCA Scholarship, fellowship, or award may be applied for annually. 

Preferences:

  • Preference will be given to projects that include field research conducted in the United States.
  • Although tuition costs are acceptable, it is recommended not to include these costs as more than 75% of your budget.