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The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

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Category: Pollinator Research

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Application deadline: January 15

Purpose

The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship provides funding 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.

Level of Education 

Open to graduate students. 

Eligibility

Open to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are currently and actively enrolled in a U.S. - based institution. Due to IRS restrictions, GCA is unable to fund awards for international applicants.

Provisions

Annually funds one or more current 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.

Selection

Selection is by a panel appointed by the Pollinator Partnership and is approved by the GCA Scholarship Committee. 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.

History

Pollinators—bees, bats, butterflies and moths—help 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, diseases, mites, loss of habitat, and global climate change— has international 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. 

To Apply 

See application & information. Applications must be received by January 15th. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.

Fund

The Garden Club of America Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship Fund is managed by GCA.

Contact

Shannon Farmer, gca@pollinator.org, 600 Montgomery St. Ste 440 San Francisco, CA 94111

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