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Category: Conservation & Ecological Restoration

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Application deadline: December 31


The GCA Fellowship in Ecological restoration supports specialized study and research in ecological restoration, the “active healing of the land.” Thorough study and research will assist the recovery and management of ecological integrity, through increased understanding of a critical range of variability in biodiversity, ecological processes, structures, regional and historical context, and/or sustainable cultural practices. The goal of this fellowship is to support research that will advance knowledge and increase the numbers of scientists in this important field. 

Level of Education

Graduate Students


Applicants to the Fellowship in Ecological Restoration must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents, and currently enrolled in a U.S.-based institution. Due to IRS restrictions, GCA is unable to fund awards for international applicants.

Recognizing that the field of ecological restoration can be studied in a variety of degree programs, the Fellowship is not limited to a specific degree,  Fields of study of past recipients have ranged from forestry to applied plant sciences to ecology and evolutionary biology. 


Provides an annual grant of $8000 to support study and research in the field or in the lab, while enrolled in a leading accredited university based in the United States.


Selection is by a panel of research scientists chosen by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum and approved by the GCA Scholarship Committee. 


This GCA Fellowship in Ecological Restoration was established on 2000 with funds from the John B. Young Charitable Trust, along with contributions from GCA members and clubs. John and Marge Young of Waterloo, Iowa are the parents of Marilyn Magid (Cedar Rapids GC, Zone XI), who has served on GCA’s Executive Committee and as Chairman of the Conservation and National Affairs and Legislation Committees. 

To Apply

See Application Instructions and FAQs. Applications must be received by December 31 of the year preceding study. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY ONE GCA SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP OR AWARD MAY BE APPLIED FOR ANNUALLY.


Mr. Brad Herrick, Ecologist/Research Program Manager, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI 53711. Phone: 608-263-7344, Fax: 608-262-5209, Email:, website (click here).

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