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 2015 are:

Becas Elizabeth E. Bascom para Botánicas Latinoamericanas 

  • Suzana Maria dos Santos Costa - Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo– Brazil - Phylogenetic, evolutionary and biogeographic studies in tribe Cryptangieae (Cyperaceae)
  • Isis Jeannette López Quintero - Universidad de Puerto Rico Rio Piedras – Puerto Rico - Síntomas de virus en plantas de la familia Cucurbitaceae, representadas en pliegos de herbario.
  • Diana Marcela Medellín Zabala - Institute of Biotechnology (IBUN) and Institute of Natural Sciences (ICN) National University of Colombia, Bogotá – Colombia - Systematics of New World Garcinia (Clusiaceae): taxonomic revision and molecular phylogeny
Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowship in Conservation Biology
  • Thiago Serrano de Almeida Penedo - Brazilian National Conservation Centre of Flora – Brazil
Becas Alwyn H. Gentry para Botánicos(as) Latinoamericanos(as)
  • Eder Augusto Chilquillo Torres - Universidad Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) – Brazil – Revisión Taxonómica y Filogenia de las especies andinas del género Ladenbergia Klotzsch (Cinchoneae: Rubiaceae): Hijas de los Andes o Invasores?
  • José Esteban Jiménez Vargas - Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) – Costa Rica - Flora vascular de las sabanas de Costa Rica
Shirley A. Graham Fellowship in Systematic Botany and Biogeography
  • Lala Roger Andriamiarisoa – MBG – Madagascar - Systematic Revision of Leucobryum (LEUCOBRYACEAE) in Madagascar
  • Dubán Canal Gallego - Freie Universität Berlin and Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Germany – Colombia (studying in Germany) - Philodendron Schott (Araceae): Systematics and evolution of a mega-diverse genus from the New World
  • Ngan Thi Lu - Vietnam National Museum of Nature – Vietnam - Taxonomy of the largest fern family Dryopteridaceae in Vietnam
  • Alysson Silva da Matta Barbosa - Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia – Brazil - Revision of the Aniba panurensis (Meissner) Mez species complex in the Lauraceae
  • Carlos Alberto Vargas Rincón - Jardín Botánico de Bogotá – Colombia – Regionalizacion Biogeografica de Nicaragua
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

Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowships for Latin American Women in Science
The Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowships for Latin American Women in Science 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

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