Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture - BGCI-US & The Garden Club of America

Open to Undergraduates


To promote plant conservation capacity and coordination among botanic gardens, and/or public gardens, in the United States through programs of Botanic Gardens Conservation International-US (BGCI-US) in collaboration with The Garden Club of America (GCA).


This GCA fellowship was established in 2020 by Kathy Keller (Akron Garden Club, Zone X) and her husband, David, to encourage the study of plant conservation principles and major threats to plant diversity. Botanic gardens contribute valuable knowledge, plants, expertise, and messaging necessary for the preservation of plant diversity. Botanic Gardens Conservation International-US (BGCI-US) connects plant conservation information, best practices and interests across North America and the global botanic garden community. The Kellers envision that scholars will participate in one of the BGCI-US programs to broaden their knowledge and research in the field of conservation horticulture.

Dana Austria, intern, collecting DNA material at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.
Brian Dorsey, research botanist, and Dana Austria, intern, processing herbarium specimens at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.


Funds a fellowship annually, up to $5,000, to an undergraduate student currently enrolled in a university program to study conservation horticulture. The fellow will pursue experiential learning, with access to BGCI-US programs and resources, at a recognized botanic garden or other closely aligned public garden in the United States. They will have the option to study plant conservation based at the BGCI-US office at The Huntington Library in San Marino, CA or a mutually agreed BGCI member botanic garden in the U.S. This fellowship is intended to be a summer fellowship, but is not restricted to that time period, as determined by the BGCI-US.


Open to a current undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior with a declared major in biology, horticulture, or related fields. Preference is given to students with interest in plant conservation and botanic gardens. Eligibility is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled in a U.S.-based institution.

To Apply

Applications must be received at GCA Headquarters in New York City by January 15 of each year. Please note: only one GCA scholarship, fellowship or award may be applied for annually.

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