Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Inviting applications for ‘The Botany in Action (BIA) Fellowship program’ to foster the development of the next generation of plant-based scientists who are committed, first, to excellent research, and second, to educational outreach.

Funding brief: The Botany in Action (BIA) 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.

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 (southwest Pennsylvania and adjacent states) and tropical forests;
Landscape and brownfield restoration, particularly in plant-based ecosystem services;
Sustainable landscapes;
Interdisciplinary plant-based research at the intersection of human and environmental health.

*For 2020, special consideration is given to the following areas (listed in no particular order):
Ethnobotany, biocultural conservation and/or plant-based conservation in Hawaii;
Plant-based ecosystem services for landscape and brownfield restoration;
Sustainable landscapes in the US, particularly applicable to the southwest Pennsylvania and adjacent states;
Interdisciplinary plant-based research at the intersection of human and environmental health.

Donor Name: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Funding name: The Botany in Action (BIA) Fellowship program

Deadline: All proposal materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Fri., Jan. 10th, 2020.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: 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 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, and 3) subsequent opportunities to connect their research with the public through programs, exhibits, and other outreach venues. In addition, this year represents the 25th anniversary of the program, and Science Engagement Week activities will include commemorating this milestone.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: A BIA Fellowship consists of one year of support for research funding and educational outreach, as well as life-long membership in a growing network of plant-based scientists connecting their research with the public. BIA Fellows are encouraged to re-apply to the program for continued funding for up to three years of support towards completion of their dissertation research. (Note, continued funding is not guaranteed and is dependent on the Fellow’s previous use of funding, proven commitment to furthering their educational outreach, and funding availability. Additional funding after 3 years may be available on a case-by-case basis. All funding expires on Dec. 31 of the calendar year it was received. Remaining funds after this date must be sent back to Phipps Conservatory.)

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: All applicants must be:
Enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a U.S. 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 October 1-4, 2020.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: bia@phipps.conservatory.org

Other important link:
Guideline: Click to view
About: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (through following procedure).

The Proposal and CV must be saved together as a single WORD or PDF file, with the proposal appearing first. The file name should start with the applicant’s last name, followed by the term ‘BIA’, funding year pursued, and ‘App’ (e.g. Smith_BIA_2020_App.pdf). If submitting a PDF, please include an additional WORD file with Applicant Contact Information, University, Research Site, Recommender Information, Proposal Title and Two Abstracts. All application materials should be emailed to bia@phipps.conservatory.org with subject line ‘BIA 2020 application’ followed by applicant’s last name.

Each recommendation letter must be sent directly from the recommender. The letter should be saved as a PDF file and named as follows, with underscores between each section: applicant’s last name, ‘BIA’, funding year pursued, ‘Rec’, ‘R’ if supporting research or ‘O’ if supporting outreach, and recommender’s last name (e.g. Smith_BIA_2020_Rec_O_McGuire.pdf). These should be emailed to bia@phipps.conservatory.org.

*Student is responsible for reporting award to the IRS and may be required to pay taxes depending on expenses the funds were used to cover.

Attachment:
Curriculum Vitae: The CV should include education, research, publications, presentations, grants received or pending, and relevant non-academic and synergistic experiences such as work for conservation non-profits or government agencies, and other outreach and educational activities.
Two Letters of Recommendation: One recommendation letter should be from the applicant’s research advisor and one letter from a person who has strong knowledge of the applicant’s motivation to enhance public scientific literacy. Each letter should include the recommender’s full contact information and a subject line stating the applicant’s name and whether the letter is in support of research or outreach capabilities of the applicant.FundForBangladesh-BorderVisit all Funding opportunities: Click to view
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