TREE Fund: Research Fellowship Grant

Tree Fund

Grant amount: US $100,000

Deadline: Sep 1, 2018

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) supports sustainable communities and environmental stewardship by funding research, scholarships and education programs essential to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry.

TREE Fund Research Fellowships are multi-year grants, designed to empower transformative arboriculture research by emerging scholars, in support of the TREE Fund’s research priorities.

While rigorous, actionable research findings are the primary desired outcome of this program, Research Fellowships are also purposefully designed to empower the academic arboriculture community for years to come — by investing in the careers of pre-tenured professors and scientists in meaningful ways that support their own professional development, even as they expand the knowledge base in their respective fields.

Funding Priorities

The theme of “Urban Forest Sustainability” is the current guiding priority for the Research Fellowship grant program. Within this broad theme, successful grant proposals will focus on such urban forest sustainability issues as:

  • Nursery production practices that enhance survival, structural soundness and post-installation performance
  • Young tree care (e.g. structural pruning, root care, etc.) to enhance longevity
  • Soil biology and soil amelioration
  • Sustainable pest and disease management alternatives
  • Species diversity to mitigate loss and enhance benefits of urban forests
  • Mitigating tree damage and loss following construction

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


  • In the ideal funding scenario, the Principal Investigator for a proposed project would be an early career, pre-tenure assistant or tenured associate rank professor, supervising a PhD student.
  • Matching funds of at least 10% of requested grant amount are required.
  • Applicants may include institutional overhead costs in the project budget. TREE Fund caps such costs in its grant awards at 10% of total grant value.


  • Applicants at the assistant professor/pre-tenure level are strongly encouraged to partner with a tenured professor as Co-Principal Investigator.


  • Current Trustees of the TREE Fund or any member of the family of any such Trustees are ineligible to receive grants from the TREE Fund.
  • Recipients may not receive more than one Research Fellowship.