Stay tuned for 2017 application details.
The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship provides funding to a current graduate student to study the causes of pollinator decline, in particular bees, bats, butterflies and moths, which could lead to potential solutions for their conservation and sustainability. The selection criteria are based on the technical merit of the proposed work and the degree to which the work is relevant to this objective.
Pollinators-bees, bats, butterflies and moths-help our prairies, gardens, orchards, blueberry barrens, farmers' fields and desert cacti reproduce and maintain genetic diversity. One-third of the food we eat has been fertilized by pollinators. An alarming decline in the number of pollinators in recent decades-through chemicals, diseases, mites, loss of habitat, and global climate change- has international repercussions.
The GCA Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship was established in spring 2013 to facilitate independent research in this field. This fellowship was made possible by generous gifts given in honor of the GCA Centennial by members of the Board of Associates.
The GCA Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship annually funds one or more graduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions. Funding may vary in amount, but normally will be in the range of $4,000 for study and research that will advance the knowledge of pollinator science and increase the number of scientists in the field. A recipient may reapply for an additional year of funding.
The categories under which applicants may apply are:
Effects of nutrition, genetics, pesticides, pathogens, parasites and disease on pollinators
Pollinator habitat development, assessment or monitoring
Plant-pollinator interactions and pollination biology
Research that examines other aspects of pollinator health, including cutting-edge, original concepts
Only one GCA scholarship may be applied for annually.
GCA fellow will provide an interim 250-word report, two high quality photos, and an expense summary to GCA and P2 by September 1, 2016. A final report and final expense summary will be due February 1, 2017.
Research excerpts (text and photos) may be published in GCA’s and P2’s publications and websites.
GCA fellow agrees to share research with members of the Garden Club of America.
Does landscape and plant diversity impact microbiome variation and pathogen (Osmia lignaria)?
Assessing mechanisms of coexistence between two spring ephemerals under a changing climate
Pathogen Transmission in Plant-Pollinator Networks
Effects of Pollen Protein on the Foraging Dynamics of Honey Bees and Bumble Bees: Implications for Ensuring Suitable Forage Through Time
Changes in plant-pollinator network structure in the face of agricultural development: Implications for conservation and evolutionary diversity
How worker honey bees detect their colony's size
Determining the roles of significant environmental factors on development and emergence rhythms of the alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata
Pesticides and pollination of imperiled plants in the Lower Florida Keys
Tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), monarch migration and disease risk
Climate change and pollination mutualisms: Understanding the consequences of early snowmelt and frost events on plants, pollinators, and their interactions
Investigating Native Bee Diversity and Genetic Structure in Mid-Atlantic Woodlands
The effects of climate-driven shifts in phenology, pollinator body size, and pollinator lifespan on plant-pollinator interactions and plant and pollinator reproductive success
Pollination biology of Artocarpus (Moraceae)
Synergistic anti-parasitic effects of nectar compounds in bumblebee diets
RNA viruses: prevalence, transmission, and effect on native bumble bees in Vermont
Fire severity and the assembly of pollinator communities