Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Botany in Action (BIA) Fellowship program at Phipps Conservatory fosters the development of the next generation of plant-based scientists who are committed, first, to excellent research, and second, to educational outreach. Open to Ph.D. students enrolled at U.S. graduate institutions and conducting plant-based scientific research, the program provides each fellow with: 1) $5,000 for use towards research-related expenses at sites in the U.S. or abroad, 2) an all-expenses-paid trip to Phipps to engage in science outreach training and opportunities to translate and communicate their research to non-scientific, public audiences through written, visual and/or oral means, and 3) subsequent opportunities to connect their research with the public through programs, exhibits and other outreach venues.

Research Priority Areas (listed in no particular order):

  •          Ethnobotany, with special interest in plant use for physical and/or psychological well-being;
  •         Diversity and conservation, particularly in regional (southwestern Pennsylvania and adjacent states) and tropical forests;
  •         Landscape and brownfield restoration, particularly in plant-based ecosystem services;
  •         Sustainable landscapes; and
  •         Interdisciplinary plant-based research at the intersection of human and environmental health.

For 2019, special consideration is given to the following areas (listed in no particular order):

  •          Ethnobotany and/or plant-based conservation in Cuba or surrounding islands or the Pacific Islands (Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia);
  •          Plant-based ecosystem services for landscape and brownfield restoration;
  •          Sustainable landscapes in the U.S., particularly applicable to southwestern Pennsylvania and adjacent states; and
  •          Interdisciplinary plant-based research at the intersection of human and environmental health.

Deadline is 11:59 pm est, January 11, 2019. For more information and full proposal guidelines, check out our website: