The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator Fellowship

Award: $4,000
Deadline: February 1, 2016

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Purpose and History

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.

Research Categories

The categories under which applicants may apply are:
1. Effects of nutrition, genetics, pesticides, pathogens, parasites and disease on pollinators
2. Pollinator habitat development, assessment or monitoring
3. Plant-pollinator interactions and pollination biology
4. Research that examines other aspects of pollinator health, including cutting-edge, original concepts


1. Only one GCA scholarship may be applied for annually.
2. 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.
3. Research excerpts (text and photos) may be published in GCA’s and P2’s publications and websites.
4. GCA fellow agrees to share research with members of the Garden Club of America.


The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator
2014 Fellows

Elliot Gardner
Northwestern University, Pollination biology of Artocarpus (Moraceae)
Evan Palmer-Young
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Synergistic anti-parasitic effects of nectar compounds in bumblebee diets
Samantha Alger
University of Vermont, RNA viruses: prevalence, transmission, and effect on native bumble bees in Vermont
Lauren Ponisio
University of California, Berkeley, Fire severity and the assembly of pollinator communities


The Garden Club of America (GCA) Board of Associates Centennial Pollinator
2015 Fellows

Meghan Bennett, North Dakota State University
Determining the roles of significant environmental factors on development and emergence rhythms of the alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata

Brittany Harris, Florida International University

Pesticides and pollination of imperiled plants in the Lower Florida Keys

Ania Majewska, University of Georgia
Tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), monarch migration and disease risk

Gabriella Pardee, Dartmouth College
Climate change and pollination mutualisms: Understanding the consequences of early snowmelt and frost events on plants, pollinators, and their interactions

Grace Savoy-Burke, University of Delaware
Investigating Native Bee Diversity and Genetic Structure in Mid-Atlantic Woodlands

Anthony Slominski, Montana State University
The effects of climate-driven shifts in phenology, pollinator body size, and pollinator lifespan on plant-pollinator interactions and plant and pollinator reproductive success