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Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Botany in Action Fellowship Program 2022

Application Deadline: January 7, 2022. 

The Botany in Action Fellowship program at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 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 PhD students enrolled at US 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 US 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, (contingent on the COVID19 situation) and
3) subsequent opportunities to connect their research with the public through programs, exhibits, and other outreach venues.

Eligibility Requirements: 
All applicants must be:

  • Enrolled in a PhD program at a US graduate institution (US citizenship is not required)
  • Conducting plant-based research
  • Able to travel to Pittsburgh, PA from a location within the US (costs will be reimbursed) for the duration of the Botany in Action Science Engagement Week, which will be September 15 – 18, 2022 – contingent on the COVID19 situation.
  • Able to commit to monthly online outreach (e.g. podcast, blogging, vlogging, etc) after Science Engagement Week.

Proposal Review: 

Proposals are reviewed by members of Phipps’ Research/Botany in Action Science Advisory Committee. Reviewers are active scientists and laypersons with strong knowledge of or interest in botany, conservation, sustainability, and plant-based education and outreach. Proposals will be evaluated using similar criteria to NSF scientific merit and broader impact proposal review categories, as well as relevance to research priority areas for the 2022-23 year.

Proposal Deadline: All proposal materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 7, 2022. 
Timeline: BIA Fellows will be announced by early March and funding disbursed in late March 2022.
Questions? Direct any questions to Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas, Science Education Outreach Manager at

Official Website: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Botany in Action Fellowship Program 2022



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