Graduate Student Fellowship

Award: $4,000
Deadline: February 2, 2015

Purpose and History
The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship provides funding to a current graduate student 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. 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.

Pollinators bees, bats, butterflies and moths help ou 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, diseasess, mites, loss of habitat, and global climate change has internatioonal 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.

Provisions
The GCA Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship annually funds one or more 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.

Research Categories
The categories under which applicants may apply are:
1. Effects of nutrition, genetics, pesticides, pathogens, parasites and disease on pollinators
2. Pollinator habitat development, assessment or monitoring
3. Plant-pollinator interactions and pollination biology
4. Research that examines other aspects of pollinator health, including cutting-edge, original concepts

Terms
1. Only one GCA scholarship may be applied for annually.
2. GCA fellow will provide an interim 250-word report, two high quality photos, and an expense summary to GCA and P2 by September 1st. A final report and final expense summary will be due February 1st.
3. Research excerpts (text and photos) may be published in GCA’s and P2’s publications and websites.
4. GCA fellow agrees to share research with members of the Garden Club of America.

To Apply:
Please include applicant name, proposal name, and page number on each page.  All applicants are required to submit the following materials to Kelly Rourke via email at <mailto:kr@pollinator.org>kr@pollinator.org no later than 3PM PST on February 2, 2015:
* General Submission Form
* <http://pollinator.org/PDFs/GCAPollinatorFellowshipApplicationForm.doc>Complete and sign this form and save in PDF format.
* Photo
* Provide a 300 ppi 4×6 inch color .jpg photograph. It should be a head shot with a plain background in which you are looking directly at the camera. Optional – In addition, you may include a second photograph of you doing field work or research. GCA and P2 retain the rights to use any photo submitted on our websites and in materials promoting the fellowship.
* Résumé (2 page max)
* Email a PDF of your résumé or curriculum vitae (CV). It should include your education, professional experience, extra-curricular activities, and honors and awards.
* Three Letters of Recommendations
* Using <http://pollinator.org/PDFs/GCAFellowshipRecommendationForm.doc>the letter of recommendation form, all applicants are required to have their three references e-mail (including your name in the subject line) all letters directly to <mailto:kr@pollinator.org>kr@pollinator.org no later than 3PM PST on February 2, 2015.  Please make sure that one of your references is from your faculty advisor.

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