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Graduate Student Fellowship, Garden Club of America

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Graduate Student Fellowship


Award: $4,000

Deadline: February 2, 2015



Purpose and History

The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of

Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

provides funding to a current graduate student 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. 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.


Pollinators bees, bats, butterflies and moths

help ou 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, diseasess, mites, loss of habitat, and

global climate change has internatioonal 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.





The GCA Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator

Fellowship annually funds one or more 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.




Research Categories

The categories under which applicants may apply are:

1. Effects of nutrition, genetics, pesticides,

pathogens, parasites and disease on pollinators

2. Pollinator habitat development, assessment or monitoring

3. Plant-pollinator interactions and pollination biology

4. Research that examines other aspects of

pollinator health, including cutting-edge, original concepts





1. Only one GCA scholarship may be applied for annually.

2. GCA fellow will provide an interim 250-word

report, two high quality photos, and an expense

summary to GCA and P2 by September 1st. A final

report and final expense summary will be due February 1st.

3. Research excerpts (text and photos) may be

published in GCA’s and P2’s publications and websites.

4. GCA fellow agrees to share research with

members of the Garden Club of America.





To Apply:

Please include applicant name, proposal name, and

page number on each page. All applicants are

required to submit the following materials to

Kelly Rourke via email at

kr@pollinator.org no

later than 3PM PST on February 2, 2015:

* General Submission Form



and sign this form and save in PDF format.

* Photo

* Provide a 300 ppi 4x6 inch color .jpg

photograph. It should be a head shot with a plain

background in which you are looking directly at

the camera. Optional - In addition, you may

include a second photograph of you doing field

work or research. GCA and P2 retain the rights to

use any photo submitted on our websites and in

materials promoting the fellowship.

* Résumé (2 page max)

* Email a PDF of your résumé or curriculum

vitae (CV). It should include your education,

professional experience, extra-curricular activities, and honors and awards.

* Three Letters of Recommendations

* Using


letter of recommendation form, all applicants are

required to have their three references e-mail

(including your name in the subject line) all

letters directly to

kr@pollinator.org no

later than 3PM PST on February 2, 2015. Please

make sure that one of your references is from your faculty advisor.

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