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The Garden Club of America Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture


Purpose: The mission of the American Academy in Rome is to foster the pursuit of advanced research and independent study in the fine arts and humanities. The Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture provides American landscape architects with a special opportunity for advanced study, travel, and association with other fellows in Rome. 

History: The American Academy in Rome was founded in 1894 by architect Charles Follen McKim and was chartered by Congress in 1905. Former Rome Prize recipients include many of our country's most outstanding artists, architects, musicians, and classicists.

A GCA member tour of Italian gardens hosted by by Ferriccio Vitale, Landscape Architect and AAR Board member, provided the genesis for a GCA-sponsored fellowship. The first $50,000 Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture was established in 1928 with enthusiastic contributions from GCA member clubs. Additional money was raised in 1976, and individual GCA members continued to contribute over the years. By October 1989, through the efforts of Mrs. Niels W. Johnsen (GCA President, 1983-1985), various donors had committed $500,000, the amount needed to fund a permanent, fully-endowed fellowship. A formal agreement between the GCA and the Academy was signed in 1990. 

Provisions: Provides an annual one-year fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, which includes a stipend and a studio in the Academy’s complex on the Janiculum Hill overlooking the city. 

Eligibility: Applicants must hold an accredited degree in Landscape Architecture. Eligibility is open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled in a U.S. - based institution.  

To Apply: See application, instructions, and additional information. Applications must be received at the Academy’s New York City office by November 1 preceding the proposed year of study. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.

Selection: Selection is by the Academy in consultation with the GCA Scholarship Committee.

Fund: The fund is administered by the Academy. The endowment fund principal may not be invaded and further contributions from GCA members will be added to it.

Contact: The American Academy in Rome, 7 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022-1001. Phone: 212-751-7200, fax: 212-751-7220, website:

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Scholarship Opportunities Available

The GCA offers 28 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 2017, 86 scholars were awarded over $330,000 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.