Creative Inquiry

Research placements, fellowships, scholarships

Garden Club of America Scholarships

Sponsor Garden Club of America
About Since 1928 when the Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture was established, GCA has funded more than 1,100 scholars. Today we offer 27 merit-based scholarships in the areas listed at the bottom of the page.
Objectives Twelve of the scholarships are managed by GCA staff and volunteers. We contact universities, arboreta and botanic gardens to encourage them to advertise these scholarships to their students and interns. Selection committees comprised of GCA and community volunteers read applications and propose outstanding scholars to be voted on in March each year. For fifteen of our scholarships, the specialized level of knowledge necessary to choose the most compelling research projects requires that we partner with the following outside organizations: • American Public Gardens Association (APGA)-The Garden Club of America Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture • Center for Plant Conservation (CPC)-The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship in Conservation Horticulture • College of William & Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Center for Coastal Resources Management-The GCA Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies • Cornell University, Cornell Lab of Ornithology-The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat • Desert Botanical Garden-The GCA Award in Desert Studies • Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), Leadership in Landscape Scholarship Program-The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design • Missouri Botanical Garden, William L. Brown Center-The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany • Pollinator Partnership (P2)-The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship • Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)-Garden Club of America/Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowship • Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Gardens, Archives of American Gardens (AAG)-The GCA Internship in Garden History and Design • Student Conservation Association (SCA)-The Sara Shallenberger Brown GCA National Parks Conservation Scholarship • University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum-The GCA Fellowship in Ecological Restoration • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation-The GCA Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry • World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Education for Nature Program-The GCA Awards in Tropical Botany