Get up to $10,000 Grant for Plant Conservation Biologists in the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s Fellowship in Plant Conservation Biology 2021

Sign up for the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s Fellowship in Plant Conservation Biology 2021 for a chance to be the sole recipient of the most prestigious award for practicing plant conservation biologists. 

The selected fellow will receive a $10,000 grant and a 2-to-4-week stay at Oak Spring to work on issues related to plant and landscape conservation. 

See the full details on the fellowship below. 

Application Deadline: August 12, 2020


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The selected fellow will receive:

  • An individual grant of $10,000 
  • Invitation to spend 2 – 4 weeks at Oak Spring where they will have sufficient time and space to work alone on their own projects, interact with the team, and explore the 700-acre landscape 
  • Residential access to a furnished, self-catering accommodation comprising of a private bedroom and bathroom, a shared living room and kitchen during their time at Oak Spring.
  • Access to the unique book library that holds over 19,000 objects, including many examples of botanical art. 


To be considered, applicants must have satisfied the criteria in the foregoing:

  • Must be early-career practitioners, scholars or scientists
  • Must not be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in 2021. 


  • The selected fellow will be required to deliver a 45-minute presentation with time for questions, to Oak Spring staff and any other fellows or residents who might be on site.
  • The fellow must be self-coordinated and capable of working independently during their time at Oak Spring.
  • The fellow is expected to show dedication in their work in plant conservation in the broad sense, excellent communication skills, and excellence in what they have accomplished or plan to achieve.

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Application Instructions

To apply for the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s Fellowship in Plant Conservation Biology 2021, 

  • Applicants must attach the following to their application:
    • An updated resume/curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
    • A 200 – 300-word statement on their current work in plant conservation
    • A 200 – 300-word statement on how their work relates to Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s mission to “perpetuate and share the gifts of Rachel (“Bunny”) Lambert Mellon, including her residence, garden, estate, and the Oak Spring Garden Library, to serve the public interest”
    • All relevant links/up to 10 pages of writing that demonstrate their work and current interests in plant conservation biology.
  • Click here to apply

About the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s Fellowship in Plant Conservation Biology

Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s (OSGF) Fellowship provides support in access and resources for professionals who are committed to developing their work in innovative and impactful ways. 

The foundation supports emerging leaders in a variety of disciplines by offering an array of fellowships. OSGF is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating scholarship and public dialogue on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens and landscapes and the importance of plants for human well-being

The Plant Conservation Biology Fellowship is one of the various fellowships established by the foundation. 

 The 2021 Oak Spring Garden Foundation Fellowship in Plant Conservation Biology will be awarded to an exceptional individual who is engaged nationally or internationally in research or conservation action to help conserve plants, and the landscapes and ecological systems of which they are part.  

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for applying for the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s Fellowship is August 12, 2020

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of established conservation biologists who will then select the 2021 Oak Spring Garden Foundation Fellow in Plant Conservation Biology.

The selected Fellow will make travel arrangements to Dulles International Airport, where Oak Spring will arrange transportation for them to the Oak Spring Estate in Upperville, VA.

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