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Fellowship Opportunities

Katharine H. Putnam Fellowships in Plant Science

Submit Application online between November 15th and February 1st

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University invites applications for research fellowships in plant science. Putnam Fellowships offer excellent opportunities for advanced research and study using the Arboretum's living collections of woody plants. Scientists with a PhD and who have identified an independent research project that would utilize the Arboretum's living collections are encouraged to apply.

Applications are sought from early-career individuals with a PhD in plant science, plant genetics, plant ecology, horticulture, or related discipline. Applicants should be well positioned to conduct original, independent research and to publish their findings in peer-reviewed publications. Applicants are expected to be fluent in English.

Visit the Katharine H. Putnam Fellowships in Plant Science for Fellowship details and application information.

James R. Jewett Prize

Submit Application online between November 15th and February 1st

The James R. Jewett Prize is awarded to researchers studying the biology of flowers and/or fruits. Preference is given to visiting scholars who plan to utilize the living collection of the Arnold Arboretum.

The Arnold Arboretum provides exceptional resources for woody plant research. The living collection, numbering some 15,000 plants, is distinguished as one of the most thoroughly documented collections of temperate woody plants in the world. Taxonomic diversity and breadth within the collection are noteworthy, and the floras of China, Japan, and Korea are particularly well represented. The Harvard Botanical Library contains 250,000 volumes, while the Harvard University Herbaria holds over 5,000,000 specimens.

The Jewett Prize enables the Arnold Arboretum to support original research by visiting scholars, foster collegial exchanges and partnerships, and demonstrate the research value of the Arboretum’s collections.

Awards of up to $10,000 are granted to support research expenses and/or travel expenses associated with the proposed research.

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Sargent Award for Visiting Scholars

Submit application online between November 5th and February 1st

The Sargent Award provides support for visiting scholars in the botanical sciences to conduct research that utilizes the living library and/or herbarium collections of the Arnold Arboretum. The Sargent Award enables the Arnold Arboretum to support original research by visiting scholars, foster collegial exchanges and partnerships, and demonstrate the research value of the Arboretum's collections. Awards of up to $5,000 are granted to support research expenses and/or travel expenses associated with the proposed research.

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Shiu-Ying Hu Student/Postdoctoral Exchange Award

Submit application online between November 5th and February 1st

The Shiu-Ying Hu Student/Postdoctoral Exchange Award supports American-Chinese exchanges for graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, and/or postdoctoral researchers studying the comparative biology of woody plants, including developmental biology, physiology, genetics, reproductive biology, or ecology.

Awards of $2,500 or less are granted to support awardee travel, research and/or living expenses. Awardee(s) chosen from the People's Republic of China will receive funds to conduct studies involving the living collections at the Arnold Arboretum. Awardee(s) from Harvard University will receive funds to conduct studies in the field or at a botanical institution in China.

Visit Shiu-Ying Hu Student/Postdoctoral Exchange Award for Award details and application information.

The Deland Award for Student Research

Submit Application online between November 5th and February 1st

The Deland Award for Student Research supports investigations by graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on the comparative biology of woody plants, including developmental biology, physiology, genetics, reproductive biology, or ecology. Preference is given to students whose research utilizes the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum.

Awards of up to $10,000 are granted to support student research expenses and, in some cases, living expenses incurred during the research period.

Visit The Deland Award for Student Research for Award details and application information.

Cunin/Sigal Research Award

Submit Application online between November 5th and February 1st

Cunin/Sigal Research Award supports investigations by graduate and advanced undergraduate students engaged in botanical research. Preference is given to students whose research utilizes the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum.  Awards of $2,000 or less are granted to support student research expenses.

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Ashton Award for Student Research

Submit application online between November 5th and February 1st

The Ashton Award for Student Research supports investigations by graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on Asian tropical forest biology. Awards of up to $2,000 are granted to support student research expenses.

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Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research

Application deadline:  February 1st

The Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research program supports advanced research and study by individuals who show promise of making an important contribution, either as scholars or administrators, to forestry and forest-related subjects including biology, earth sciences, economics, politics, administration, philosophy, humanities, the arts, or law.

Bullard Fellowships are generally awarded to individuals in mid-career who have established themselves in academia, public service, or in the private sector. For those in academic careers, preference is ordinarily given to holders of doctoral degrees, but others whose projects show promise of important contributions to forestry and forest studies, broadly defined, will be considered in terms of the likelihood that study and research at Harvard will help fulfill this promise. Judgments of the Committee are based primarily on the quality of the applicant's professional accomplishments, academic record, and potential benefits from interaction with the Harvard community and its institutional resources. Please note: This is not a post-doctoral program; recent PhD graduates are generally not appropriate candidates for a Bullard Fellowship.

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Environmental Fellows Program

Deadline: January 14th

The Harvard University Center for the Environment created the Environmental Fellows Program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard's extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department to create new knowledge while also strengthening connections across the University's academic disciplines.

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Rowland Institute Junior Fellows Program

Deadline: November 15th

The Rowland Junior Fellows Program selects Fellows to perform independent experimental research for five years, with full institutional support and access to the Institute's outstanding technical and scientific resources. The number of Rowland Junior Fellows will equal about ten, with on average two new appointments each year. We seek the best young experimentalists in all areas of science and engineering; research projects in the areas of energy science and neuroscience, broadly defined, are of particular interest. The Rowland Junior Fellowship provides an opportunity to work in the rich intellectual environment at Harvard and the surrounding area, while establishing an independent program.

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DaRin Butz Research Internship Program

Submit application online between December 1st and February 1st

With plant biodiversity as a unifying theme, research at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University by staff and visiting scientists from around the world builds on a broadly integrative program that will advance knowledge about how plants function, how they have evolved and diversified over time, how they shape ecosystems, and how they respond to a rapidly changing planet. The DaRin Butz Research Internship Program at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University gives undergraduates in the life sciences a unique opportunity to experience research from start to finish while gaining training and connections among scientific colleagues. DaRin Butz Interns will not only conduct research, but will also develop their project with their advisors and be guided through the process of sharing their research through written reports and oral presentations, an important component of scientific research.  Students will also participate in activities with the other DaRin Butz Interns, including a weekly journal club and tours of the Arboretum’s diverse collections.

The 2017 internship program runs for 10-weeks between May 22 - July 28, 2017 and pays a stipend of $4500 for the ten-week period.

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