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Category: Pollinator Research

The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Pollinator Fellowship

FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES 

History:  Pollinators—bees, bats, butterflies and moths—help our prairies, gardens, orchards, blueberry barrens, farmers’ fields and desert cacti reproduce and maintain genetic diversity. One-third of the food we eat has been fertilized by pollinators. An alarming decline in the number of pollinators in recent decades—through chemicals, diseases, mites, loss of habitat, and global climate change— has international repercussions. The GCA Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship was established in spring 2013 to facilitate independent research in this field. This fellowship was made possible by generous gifts given in honor of the GCA Centennial by members of the Board of Associates. 

Purpose: The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship provides funding to study the causes of pollinator decline, in particular bees, bats, butterflies and moths, which could lead to potential solutions for their conservation and sustainability.

Provisions: Annually funds one or more current graduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions. Funding may vary in amount, but normally will be in the range of $4,000 for study and research that will advance the knowledge of pollinator science and increase the number of scientists in the field. A recipient may reapply for an additional year of funding.

Eligibility: Open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled in a U.S. - based institution. 

To Apply: For more information and to complete an application click herePLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.

Selection: Selection is by a panel appointed by the Pollinator Partnership and is approved by the GCA Scholarship Committee. The selection criteria are based on the technical merit of the proposed work and the degree to which the work is relevant to this objective.

Fund: The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship Fund is managed by GCA.

Contact: Kelly Rourke at kr@pollinator.org, Pollinator Partnership, 423 Washington St, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111-2339, (415) 362-1137

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Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships, awarding more than $330,000 to 86 scholars in 2017.

For example, the GCA Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies funds a graduate student annually at $5,000 to support field-based wetlands research. Read more about the four 2017 recipients: Janet Walker, in the Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology at the University of California, Davis, and San Diego State University; Samantha Apgar, doctoral candidate, the University of Connecticut; Elisabeth B. Powell, a master's student in the Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science Department at Drexel University; and Nate Stott, a master's student at Bowling Green State University.

GCA Scholarships are available in 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.