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2016 Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship

The Garden Club of America (GCA) and the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) are seeking applicants for the 2016 Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship for Conservation Horticulture. The Fellowship is sponsored by the GCA and administered by CPC. The Executive Committee of the GCA will award the Fellowship in Spring, 2016 upon recommendation by their Scholarship Committee and the Science Advisory Council of the CPC.

Each year, the grant enables a graduate student in biology, horticulture, or a related field to conduct research on a rare or endangered U.S. plant. Preference is given to students focusing on the endangered flora of the Carolinas or the southeastern United States. Fellowships may vary from $1,000 to $4,500, and will serve as compensation for work done by a graduate student.

Application Guidelines

Applications should be submitted to the Center for Plant Conservation. They should include the following:

  1. Summary sheet stating the proposal's title, research/study location/s and name of institution where currently enrolled.
  2. A 2-3 page proposal, which includes a description of the research project, and how it relates to the student’s academic and professional development.
  3. An itemized budget for the funds requested.
  4. A current resume.
  5. A current digital photo. (e-mail to cpc@mobot.org)
  6. A letter of endorsement by an academic advisor from the institution where the student is pursuing graduate studies.
  7. The names and contact information of three additional persons qualified to describe the student’s character and ability.
  8. Official transcripts for both undergraduate and graduate academic records.

The successful applicant should be prepared to write an article for Plant Conservation, the newsletter of the Center for Plant Conservation, and submit a written report of the project results. Selection will be based on the excellence of the student’s personal and academic qualifications, and on the anticipated contribution of the project to the conservation of rare and endangered plants.

Application Deadlines

  • Completed applications must be received by CPC no later than November 30, 2015.
  • The Fellowship recipient will be notified by March 31, 2016.
  • The final report is due to CPC by March 31, 2017.

Address all inquiries and applications to:

Beattie Fellowship
Center for Plant Conservation
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299

For overnight deliveries, ship to:
4651 Shaw Blvd., Suite 173
St. Louis, MO 63110

-or e-mail to:

(Note: Transcripts and letter of recommendation must be sent via U.S. Mail.)




The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship provides compensation to a graduate student conducting research on a rare or endangered U.S. plant
The Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship provides compensation to a graduate student conducting research on a rare or endangered U.S. plant.

  Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship!  
  Chelsea Miller from the University of Tennessee will work on seed biology and dispersal of rare, state-endangered Southeastern Trilliums, combining comparative in situ and ex situ approaches. Her focus areas are Eastern and Middle Tennessee and Northern Georgia.  
  Natali Miller of Florida State University will work on a demographic and pollen limitation study of threatened Euphorbia telephioides, a dioecious plant endemic to the Florida Panhandle. Her focus area will be Northwest Florida.  

















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