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Fellowship in Plant Science Research with Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Upperville, VA

Type of position This is a fellowship award that includes a $10,000 individual grant, and requires a 2-4 week stay at our site in Upperville, VA
Employer Oak Spring Garden Foundation
Description of Employer OSGF is an operating foundation dedicated to sharing the gifts and ideas of Rachel “Bunny” Mellon. Its mission is to support and inspire fresh thinking and bold action on the history and future of plants, including the art and culture of plants, gardens and landscapes.
Location Upperville, VA
Description of Location 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. 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.

Salary 10,000
Closing date of competition 08/12/2020
Date position available 1/1/2021
Description of duties


Other information:

The selected Fellow should make travel arrangements to Dulles International Airport, where Oak Spring will arrange transportation for them to our estate in Upperville, VA.  The Fellow will resident in a nicely appointed, self-catering accommodation during their time at Oak Spring.  The fellow will have a private bedroom and bathroom, and share a living room and kitchen.


A jury of established plant scientists, and science administrators will review the applicants and select the 2021 Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s Fellow in Plant Science Research.

Qualifications sought


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.

Contact for additional information Danielle Eady at programs@osgf.org
Application procedure  
Submit what a resume/curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages),

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

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,”

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

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