Call for Applications: New York Botanical Garden Junior Fellowship Program 2016

May 1, 2018


Candidates must be of junior-year college level or above to be considered and have a distinct interest in pursuing interdisciplinary research while in residence of a large cultural and plant studies research center. Please note that this program actively encourages students from diverse backgrounds, races, and ethnic groups to apply.


Stipend awarded: $3,500


The Humanities Institute is pleased to offer two Andrew W. Mellon Junior Fellowships for advanced undergraduate and graduate students for the Summer of 2016. The Junior Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for emerging scholars to conduct their own research, while accessing the historical collections available in the New York Botanical Garden's research facilities - the Mertz Library, the Archives, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, and the Garden's Living Collections. The Humanities Institute's mission is to make these outstanding sources available to a wider audience and build relationships with a diverse metropolitan constituency. Junior Fellows will conduct research using the Garden and the Mertz Library's world-renowned holdings, related to the history of botany, garden art and architecture, landscape and urban design, botanical illustration, and the book-arts.

Junior Fellows will conduct research on a topic relating to the environmental humanities and prepare a scholarly research paper or small exhibit, and give a presentation about their findings. Junior Fellowships at the Humanities Institute also will involve participation in the Institute's programs, including symposia, colloquia, and other public outreach activities.


The application, written in English, must be submitted electronically as a single document (Microsoft Word or PDF file) to [email protected] by May 1, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted. An external committee of scholars in related disciplines decides the awards. Awards will be announced by May 10, 2016.

The application should include:

  • Complete curriculum vitae of education
  • Project proposal (2-pages, max. 500 words statement) providing an outline of planned research
  • Two letters of recommendation

For further questions, please contact the Humanities Institute Program Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at [email protected].

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