Careers in the Plant Sciences

Fellowship in Plant Science Research

Oak Spring Garden Foundation - Upperville, Virginia, United States

Position Title: Fellowship in Plant Science Research
Position Type: Research Fellow
Application Review Begins: Thursday, April 02, 2020
Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Institution: Oak Spring Garden Foundation
Department/Division: Fellowship/Award
Field (e.g., systematics): Plant science, plant biology, and/or organismal plant biology
City: Upperville, Virginia, United States
General Information: In 2021 the Oak Spring Garden Foundation will award our inaugural Oak Spring Fellowship in Plant Science Research to one outstanding, early-career plant scientist, with preference given to scientists working in organismal plant biology. This is our most prestigious award for practicing plant scientists. The award includes a $10,000 individual grant and requires a two-to-four-week stay at Oak Spring. This fellowship will be granted to an exceptional plant scientist whose research shows remarkable promise to contribute to a deeper understanding of organismal plant biology, including plant ecology.

The individual selected for this award will spend 2 - 4 weeks at Oak Spring where they will be able to meet with staff, explore our 700-acre landscape and our efforts in sustainable land management, and visit our rare book library that holds over 19,000 objects, including many examples of botanical art. The Fellow will have ample time and space to work independently on their own projects during their stay.
Qualifications/Requirements: Eligible applicants must be early-career scientist who has completed their undergraduate degree within the past ten years. The successful Fellow must be self-directed and able to work independently while on site. Applicants are expected to show dedication to their work in plant science, exceptional promise, good communication skills and excellence in what they have accomplished or plan to accomplish.
Responsibilities: The only requirement during their time at Oak Spring will be to give one 45-minute presentation with time for questions, to Oak Spring staff and any other fellows or residents who might be on site.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): When applying, you will be asked so submit the following:

1) a resume/curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages),

2) a 200 - 300-word statement on your current body of research,

3) a 200 - 300-word statement on how your work relates to Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s mission to “perpetuate and share the gifts of Rachel (“Bunny”) Lambert Mellon, including her residence, garden, estate and the Oak Spring Garden Library, to serve the public interest. OSGF is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating scholarship and public dialogue on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens and landscapes and the importance of plants for human well-being,”

4) any and all relevant links/published papers or other writing that demonstrates your research outputs and current interests.

NOTE: When applying to this fellowship, you will be asked if you are interested in being considered for one of our other residencies, if you are not selected for the fellowship. To learn more about our residences, visit
Compensation Range: $10,000 individual grant
Contact Name: Danielle Eady,