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 2016 are:

Becas Elizabeth E. Bascom para Botánicas Latinoamericanas 

  • Rebeca Herández Gutiérrez - Mexico - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico - Diversificación asociada a la evolución del androceo en Malvales
  • Jenny Elizabeth Menjivar de Elias - El Salvador - Museo de Historia Natural de El Salvador - Diversidad de Poaceae en El Salvador
  • Nora Helena Oleas Gallo - Ecuador – Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica – Diversity of Berberis (Berberidaceae) in Ecuador
Elizabeth E. Bascom Fellowship in Conservation Biology
  • Beatriz Maruri Aguilar - Mexico - Cadereyta Regional Botanical Garden - no project title
  • Estefania Pilar Fernandez Barrancos - Bolivia - Universidad de Montpellier - El trasplante de epífitas vasculares como estrategia de restauración de bosques neotropicales
Becas Alwyn H. Gentry para Botánicos(as) Latinoamericanos(as)
  • Manuel Alberto Lujan Anzola - Venezuela - Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden - Playing taxonomic cupid: matching incomplete species in Clusia L.
  • Ricardo de Oliveira Perdiz - Brazil - Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas do Amazonia - Species delimination of the Protium aracouchini (Aubl.) Marchand species complex (Burseraceae)
Shirley A. Graham Fellowship in Systematic Botany and Biogeography
  • João Afonso Martins Carmo - Brazil - Federal University of Lavras - Testing Hypothesis of Diversification in Neotropical Savannas: Combining Historical Biogeography with Niche Modeling in the Genus Psyllocarpus Mart. ex Mart. & Zucc. (Spermacoceae, Rubiaceae)
  • Juan Camilo Sanchez Gomez - Colombia - Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín - Taxonomía de las especies del género Persea Mill. (Lauraceae) para la flora de Colombia
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 (Sorry, no Gentry Fellowship this year)

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