Fellowships

Fellowships at the Garden are often available to professionals who have received at least an undergraduate degree in the field of botany/plant sciences from universities, governmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations in Mexico, Central America, South America, Madagascar, Vietnam and Tanzania.  Research fields are limited to plant systematics, biogeography, ecology and conservation.

The selected fellows for 2014 are:

Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowship in Conservation Biology

  • María Irene Gauto Espínola (Paraguay) Asociación Etnobotánica Paraguaya, Asunción, "Ex situ conservation of a critically endangered palm, Butia marmorii (Arecaceae)"   

The Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowships for Latin American Female Botanists

  • Claudia Andrea Aparicio Chávez (Bolivia) Inventario florístico de la región del Madidi: Herbario Nacional de Bolivia y Missouri Botanical Garden, "Taxonomía del género Inga, secciones Complanatae, Inga y Tetragonae para la región andina"
  • Cristiane Snak (Brazil) Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, UEFS, "Systematic studies in Canavalia DC. (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae: phylogeny, biogeography and taxonomic revision of the new world species"
  • Marisabel Ureta Adrianzén (Peru) Nature & Culture Internacional, Amazonas, Peru, "Catálogo de especies y distribución de Myristicaceae R. Br. En Areas Naturales Protegidas de Selva Central-Perú"

The Alwyn H. Gentry Fellowships for Latin American Botanists

  • Rodrigo Duno de Stefano (Mexico) Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, "A morphometric analysis of Pithecellobium lanceolatum and P. unguis-cati (Leguminosae, subfamily Mimosoideae, tribe Ingae)"
  • Orlando O. Ortiz (Panama) Universidad de Panamá (PMA), "El género Anthurium (Araceae) en la Reserva Forestal Fortuna, Provincia de Chiriquí, Panamá"

Shirley A. Graham Fellowships in Systematic Botany and Biogeography

  • Fabio Andrés Avila Castillo (Colombia) ICN, U. Nac. de Colombia, "Searching morphological characters with phylogenetic information on Macadamiae and Roupalae (Proteaceae)"
  • Jóse Miguel Chaves Fallas (Costa Rica) Organización para Estudios Tropicales (OET), "Listado de la Flora Vascular de la Estación Biológica Las Cruces, Puntarenas, Costa Rica"
  • Roberto Manuel Salas (Argentina) Universidad de Nordeste, Corrientes, "Revisión de las especies americanas de Spermacoce (Rubiaceae)"
  • Christian da Silva (Brazil) Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, UEFS, "Systematic Studies in Ichnanthus P. Beauv. (Poaceae – Panicoideae - Paspaleae) and related genera: taxonomic revision, anatomy and phylogeny of the species provided with scars"

The Fellowship is intended to support scientists by providing funding that will allow research to be conducted at the Garden, as well as allow participation in interdisciplinary activities that will enrich overall experience and strengthen professional development. Below you'll find information about the different fellowship opportunities offered:

Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowship in Conservation Biology
The purpose of the Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowship is to broaden the fellows’ expertise and experience in conservation biology. Utilizing varied techniques and resources, fellows will participate in scientific research projects and activities related to the population dynamics of rare plants, restoration of endangered plant species, ex situ conservation of native plant species, germination ecology of rare plants and effects of climate change on the spatial distribution of plants. Download application

The Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowships for Latin American Female Botanists
The Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowships for Latin American Female Botanists were established to honor Elizabeth E. Bascom and her long-standing support of the Missouri Botanical Garden and its research and capacity-building programs in tropical botany. The fellowships will be awarded to Latin American women who work in the field of botany. Download application

The Alwyn H. Gentry Fellowships for Latin American Botanists
The Alwyn H. Gentry Fellowships for Latin American Botanists were established to honor Alwyn H. Gentry and his long-standing support of the Missouri Botanical Garden and its research and capacity-building programs in tropical botany. The fellowships will be awarded to Latin American men and women who work in the field of botany. Download application

Shirley A. Graham Fellowships in Systematic Botany and Biogeography
The Shirley A. Graham Fellowships in systematic botany and biogeography were established to honor and celebrate Dr. Shirley A. Graham’s contributions to science, in particular to the taxonomy and evolution of the plant family Lythraceae. The fellowships are awarded to scientists from Latin America, Madagascar, Vietnam, and Tanzania who work in the field of botany/plant sciences. Download application