Funding Opportunity: 2018 Botany in Action Fellowship

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh, PA) 2018 Botany in Action Fellowship program is currently accepting proposals for this unique fellowship, which fosters the development of the next generation of plant-based scientists who are committed to both excellent research and educational outreach.

Open to PhD students enrolled at US graduate institutions and conducting plant-based scientific field research, the BIA program provides each Fellow with:

1) $5,000 for use towards research-related expenses at sites in the US or abroad; 2) an all-expenses paid trip to Phipps Conservatory to engage in science outreach training and opportunities to translate and communicate his or her research to non-scientific, public audiences through written, visual and/or oral means; and 3) subsequent opportunities to connect his or her research with the public through programs, exhibits, and other outreach venues.

BIA Fellowship research priorities (listed in no particular order):*

  • Ethnobotany, with special interest in plant use for physical and/or psychological well-being;
  • Diversity and conservation, particularly in regional (southwest Pennsylvania and tri-state area) and tropical forests;
  • Landscape and brownfield restoration, particularly in plant-based ecosystem services; Sustainable landscapes;
  • Interdisciplinary plant-based research at the intersection of human and environmental health.

*For 2018, special consideration will be given to research in the following areas (listed in no particular order):

  • Ethnobotany and/or plant-based conservation in central Cuba or the surrounding islands;
  • Plant-based ecosystem services for landscape and brownfield restoration;
  • Sustainable landscapes in the US, particularly applicable to the southwest Pennsylvania and tri-state area.
  • Interdisciplinary plant-based research at the intersection of human and environmental health.

Learn more about Phipps, the BIA fellowship program, and how to apply at: