Category: International Work & Study
FOR RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATES IN HORTICULTURE, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE,
OR A RELATED FIELD
Purpose: 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.
History: In 1948 the Hillsborough Garden Club in California proposed the idea of fostering British American relations through an exchange of scholars in horticulture, landscape architecture and related fields by supporting a British Exchange student for a year in America. In 1950 the English Speaking Union offered a reciprocal fellowship for an American Student to study in Britain, and by 1952 The Garden Club of America voted to make the Interchange Fellowship a permanent project. 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.
Read about the Fellowship's first 50 years in the article Exchange across the Pond
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.
The above expectations are for the purpose of enhancing the educational experience of the Interchange Fellowship and the cross-cultural components of the program. The required blog is for the purpose of educating the public about the work and experiences of the Interchange Fellowship.
PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY. THIS FELLOWSHIIP IS ADMINISTERED IN GREAT BRITAIN BY THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY IN LONDON.
Selection: Selection and administration is by the GCA Scholarship Committee in the United States and by The Royal Horticultural Society in London.
Fund: The Interchange Fellowship Fund is managed by the GCA.
Contact: The Garden Club of America, attn: Scholarship Applications, 14 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022-1006. Phone: 212-753-8287, fax: 212-753-0134, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The GCA offers 27 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines which include medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research. Club-sponsored awards are given to recognize outstanding volunteer outreach that nurtures children in the appreciation of nature.
In March of 2016, 91 scholars were awarded over $360,000 to study and research a variety of horticultural and conservation topics ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research projects. This class of scholars represents institutions throughout our nation and some will participate in related field work around the world.
GCA Scholarships - supporting the best and brightest and furthering knowledge of our natural environment.