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Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Director: Friedman, Ned, Ph.D.

Location: 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130

Summary:

Occupying 265 acres, the Arboretum’s living collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and best documented of its kind in the world. The living collection is supported by comprehensive curatorial documentation, herbaria containing more than 1.3 million specimens, extensive library and archival holdings, and a 43,000-square-foot state-of-the-art research center. These facilities and holdings, along with 75 full-time staff, provide the basis for research and education by Harvard faculty and students, Arboretum scholars, and visiting scientists from around the world. ", "The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world’s leading centers for the study of plant biodiversity. Its mission is to integratively examine plant diversity—from genomic, developmental, organismic, evolutionary, and ecosystem perspectives—in order to foster greater understanding and appreciation of plant life in its full complexity.

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Research Opportunities

  • Ashton Award for Student Research ( Research Opportunity )

    Application deadline: Feb 1st (yearly)
    Submit online at: https://arboretumscholars.communityforce.com/Login.aspx?7861726F417A39587757633D

    The Ashton Award for Student Research supports investigations by graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on Asian tropical forest biology.
    Awards of up to $2,000 are granted to support student research expenses.

    Application Information

    Awards are granted through a competitive review process. Selection of recipient(s) will be based on the educational background of the student and their readiness to conduct the proposed research; the quality of the proposed research; and the relevance of the proposed research to the mission of the Arnold Arboretum.

    To be considered for an award, online applications should include the following:

    Cover letter.
    Research statement. The statement should be 1 to 2-pages and describes your research project and how additional funding via the Ashton Award would further your research aims. Include the names of other collaborators (in addition to your advisor). References should be included but do not count as part of the page limit.
    Research budget. Applicants should submit a simple, 1-page budget that itemizes the research and travel costs associated with the proposed project.
    Project time-line. Applicants should submit a time-line of the project and anticipated start and end dates.
    Curriculum vitae.
    Two letters of recommendation. As part of the online submission, you must send a request to the two referees to submit a letter of recommendation (via the request section). The referee will be automatically sent an email with a link to an online submission form where they will upload a letter of recommendation. It is highly recommended that you contact your referee prior to sending the request. Please inform the referee to expect an email from Admin@communityforce.com with instructions for submitting a recommendation letter. Each referee must upload his/her letter of recommendation via the link by February 1.

    Additional Information

    For questions about the award, Arboretum resources, research proposal or submission process, contact the selection committee (Email).

    The Ashton Award for Student Research is made possible by the generosity of Professor Peter Ashton and his wife Mary Ashton through the Peter and Mary Ashton Training Fund.

  • Cunin/Sigal Research Award ( Research Opportunity )

    Application deadline: Feb 1st (yearly)
    Submit online at: https://arboretumscholars.communityforce.com/Login.aspx?7861726F417A39587757633D

    Cunin/Sigal Research Award supports investigations by graduate and advanced undergraduate students engaged in botanical research. Preference is given to students whose research utilizes the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum.

    Awards of $2,000 or less are granted to support student research expenses.

    Application Information

    Awards are granted through a competitive review process. Selection of recipient(s) will be based on the educational background of the student and their readiness to conduct the proposed research; the quality of the proposed research; and the relevance of the proposed research to the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum.

    To be considered for an award, online applications should include the following:

    Cover letter.
    Research statement. The statement should be 1 to 2-pages and describes your research project and how additional funding via the Cunin/Sigal Award would further your research aims. Include how the living collection of the Arnold Arboretum will be utilized and the names of other collaborators (in addition to your advisor). References should be included but do not count as part of the page limit.
    Research budget. Applicants should submit a simple, 1-page budget that itemizes the research and travel costs associated with the proposed project.
    Project time-line. Applicants should submit a time-line of the project and anticipated start and end dates.
    Curriculum vitae.
    Two letters of recommendation. As part of the online submission, you must send a request to the two referees to submit a letter of recommendation (via the request section). The referee will be automatically sent an email with a link to an online submission form where they will upload a letter of recommendation. It is highly recommended that you contact your referee prior to sending the request. Please inform the referee to expect an email from Admin@communityforce.com with instructions for submitting a recommendation letter. Each referee must upload his/her letter of recommendation via the link by February 1.

    Additional Information

    For questions about the award, Arboretum resources, research proposal or submission process, contact the selection committee (Email).

    Cunin/Sigal Research Award is made possible by the generosity of Elise and Marlowe Sigal (AB 1952; MBA 1954) through the Cunin/Sigal Research Award Endowment given in tribute to her parents Dr. and Mrs. Harry L. Cunin, who instilled in their daughter a passion for learning and a love of plants.

  • James R. Jewett Prize ( Research Opportunity )

    Application deadline: Feb 1st (yearly)
    Submit online at: https://arboretumscholars.communityforce.com/Login.aspx?7861726F417A39587757633D

    The James R. Jewett Prize is awarded to researchers studying the biology of flowers and/or fruits. Preference is given to visiting scholars who plan to utilize the living collection of the Arnold Arboretum.

    The Arnold Arboretum provides exceptional resources for woody plant research. The living collection, numbering some 15,000 plants, is distinguished as one of the most thoroughly documented collections of temperate woody plants in the world. Taxonomic diversity and breadth within the collection are noteworthy, and the floras of China, Japan, and Korea are particularly well represented. The Harvard Botanical Library contains 250,000 volumes, while the Harvard University Herbaria holds over 5,000,000 specimens.

    The Jewett Prize enables the Arnold Arboretum to support original research by visiting scholars, foster collegial exchanges and partnerships, and demonstrate the research value of the Arboretum’s collections.

    Awards of up to $10,000 are granted to support research expenses and/or travel expenses associated with the proposed research.

    Application Information

    Awards are granted through a competitive review process. Selection of recipient(s) will be based on the educational background of the applicant and their readiness to conduct the proposed research; the quality of the proposed research; and the relevance of the proposed research to the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum.

    To be considered for an award, online applications should include the following:

    Cover letter.
    Research statement. The statement should be 1 to 2-pages and describes your research project and how additional funding via the Jewett Prize would further your research aims. Include how the living collection of the Arnold Arboretum will be utilized. References should be included but do not count as part of the page limit.
    Research budget. Applicants should submit a simple, 1-page budget that itemizes the research and travel costs associated with the proposed project.
    Project time-line. Applicants should submit a time-line of the project and anticipated start and end dates.
    Curriculum vitae.
    Two letters of recommendation for applicants that are not Faculty or Principle Investigators. As part of the online submission, you must send a request to the two referees to submit a letter of recommendation (via the request section). The referee will be automatically sent an email with a link to an online submission form where they will upload a letter of recommendation. It is highly recommended that you contact your referee prior to sending the request. Please inform the referee to expect an email from Admin@communityforce.com with instructions for submitting a recommendation letter. Each referee must upload his/her letter of recommendation via the link by February 1.

    Additional Information

    For questions about the award, Arboretum resources, research proposal or submission process, contact the selection committee (Email).

    The Jewett Prize is made possible by the generosity of Prof. James R. Jewett through the James R. Jewett Fund.

  • Katharine H. Putnam Fellowships in Plant Science ( Research Opportunity )

    Application deadline: Feb 1st (yearly)
    Submit online at: https://arboretumscholars.communityforce.com/Login.aspx?7861726F417A39587757633D

    The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University invites applicants for research fellowships in plant science. Putnam Fellowships offer excellent opportunities for advanced research and study using the Arboretum’s living collections of woody plants. Scientists with a PhD and who have identified an independent research project that would utilize the Arboretum’s living collections are encouraged to apply.

    Putnam Fellows conduct basic and applied research in the plant sciences. The goal of the program is to facilitate the research use of the Arboretum’s living collections, thereby stimulating their use within the larger scientific community. The research topics of past Putnam Fellows have included taxonomy and systematics, molecular and developmental biology, physiological ecology, propagation, plant-insect and/or -pathogen interactions, and collections management. The Putnam Fellowship Program has attracted a diverse array of scholars, and many have gone on to be leaders in academia and public horticulture.

    The Arnold Arboretum provides exceptional resources for woody plant research. The living collection, numbering some 15,000 plants, in over 2,200 species, is distinguished as one of the most thoroughly documented collections of temperate woody plants in the world. Taxonomic diversity and breadth within the collection are noteworthy, and the floras of China, Japan, and Korea are particularly well represented.

    Application Information

    Fellowships are awarded through a competitive review process. To be considered for an award, online applications should include the following:

    Cover letter. The cover letter should clearly state (i) the applicant’s interest in the program; (ii) the length of the term desired by the applicant and potential start-date; and (iii) the applicant’s contact information.
    Research statement. The statement should be no longer than 4 pages, single-spaced, and should describe the research project the applicant proposes to conduct as a Putnam Fellow. The statement should describe (i) the nature and scope of the proposed research project; (ii) the approach and methods to be employed; (iii) how the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum would be utilized; (iv) all laboratory and equipment requirements; and (v) how the project will advance knowledge about the plant kingdom. References should be included but do not count as part of the 4-page limit.
    Research budget. A modest level of funding is available for research and travel costs. Applicants should submit a simple, 1-page budget that itemizes by year the research and travel costs associated with the proposed project .
    Project time-line. Applicants should submit a time-line of the project and anticipated start and end dates.
    Curriculum vitae.
    Three letters of recommendation. As part of the online submission, you must send a request to the referee to submit a letter of recommendation (via the “request” section). The referee will be automatically sent an email with a link to an online submission form where they will upload a letter of recommendation. It is highly recommended that you contact your referee prior to sending the request. Please inform the referee to expect an email from Admin@communityforce.com with instructions for submitting a recommendation letter. Each referee must upload his/her letter of recommendation via the link by February 1.

    Selection Criteria

    The selection of Putnam Fellows will be based on:
    • The range and depth of the applicant’s education and professional experience. Applicants will be judged by his/her track record as an independent researcher.
    • The overall quality of the applicant’s research proposal. The applicant’s research proposal will be assessed with regard to the nature and scope of the work, the approach and methods to be employed, the feasibility of the proposed effort with respect to the term of the fellowship, and how it would advance knowledge about the plant kingdom.
    • The relevance of the research with respect to the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum. The applicant’s research proposal will also be assessed with respect to how the living collections of the Arboretum would be utilized, and how the project fits into ongoing Arboretum programs.

    Additional Information

    For questions about the award, Arboretum resources, research proposal or submission process, contact the selection committee (Email).

    The Katharine H. Putnam Fellowships in Plant Science are made possible by the generosity of George and Nancy Putnam through the Putnam Fellows Fund. The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and requires pre-employment reference and background screening.

  • Sargent Award for Visiting Scholars ( Research Opportunity )

    Application deadline: Feb 1st (yearly)
    Submit online at: https://arboretumscholars.communityforce.com/Login.aspx?7861726F417A39587757633D

    The Sargent Award provides support for visiting scholars in the botanical sciences to conduct research that utilizes the living, library, and/or herbarium collections of the Arnold Arboretum.

    The Arnold Arboretum provides exceptional resources for woody plant research. The living collection, numbering some 15,000 plants, is distinguished as one of the most thoroughly documented collections of temperate woody plants in the world. Taxonomic diversity and breadth within the collection are noteworthy, and the floras of China, Japan, and Korea are particularly well represented. The Harvard Botanical Library contains 250,000 volumes, while the Harvard University Herbaria holds over 5,000,000 specimens.

    The Sargent Award enables the Arnold Arboretum to support original research by visiting scholars, foster collegial exchanges and partnerships, and demonstrate the research value of the Arboretum’s collections.

    Awards of up to $5,000 are granted to support research expenses and/or travel expenses associated with the proposed research.

    Application Information

    Awards are granted through a competitive review process. Selection of recipient(s) will be based on the educational background of the applicant and their readiness to conduct the proposed research; the quality of the proposed research; and the relevance of the proposed research to the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum.

    To be considered for an award, online applications should include the following:

    Cover letter.
    Research statement. The statement should be 1 to 2-pages and describes your research project and how additional funding via the Sargent Award would further your research aims. Include how the living collection of the Arnold Arboretum will be utilized. References should be included but do not count as part of the page limit.
    Research budget. Applicants should submit a simple, 1-page budget that itemizes the research and travel costs associated with the proposed project.
    Project time-line. Applicants should submit a time-line of the project and anticipated start and end dates.
    Curriculum vitae.
    Two letters of recommendation for applicants that are not Faculty or Principle Investigators. As part of the online submission, you must send a request to the two referees to submit a letter of recommendation (via the request section). The referee will be automatically sent an email with a link to an online submission form where they will upload a letter of recommendation. It is highly recommended that you contact your referee prior to sending the request. Please inform the referee to expect an email from Admin@communityforce.com with instructions for submitting a recommendation letter. Each referee must upload his/her letter of recommendation via the link by February 1.

    Additional Information

    For questions about the award, Arboretum resources, research proposal or submission process, contact the selection committee (Email).

    The Sargent Award is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Jack Wittenberg through the Charles Sprague Sargent Fund.

  • Shiu-Ying Hu Student/Postdoctoral Exchange Award ( Research Opportunity )

    Application deadline: Feb 1st (yearly)
    Submit online at: https://arboretumscholars.communityforce.com/Login.aspx?7861726F417A39587757633D

    The Shiu-Ying Hu Student/Postdoctoral Exchange Award supports American-Chinese exchanges for graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, and/or postdoctoral researchers studying the comparative biology of woody plants, including developmental biology, physiology, genetics, reproductive biology, or ecology.

    Awards of $2,500 or less are granted to support awardee travel, research and/or living expenses.

    Awardee(s) chosen from the People’s Republic of China will receive funds to conduct studies involving the living collections at the Arnold Arboretum.

    Awardee(s) from Harvard University will receive funds to conduct studies in the field or at a botanical institution in China.

    Application Information

    Awards are granted through a competitive review process. Selection of recipient(s) will be based on the educational background of the student and their readiness to conduct the proposed research; the quality of the proposed research; and the relevance of the proposed research to the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum.

    To be considered for an award, online applications should include the following:

    Cover letter.
    Research statement. The statement should be 1 to 2-pages and describes your research project and how additional funding via the Hu Award would further your research aims. Applicants from the Republic of China should include how the living collection of the Arnold Arboretum will be utilized and the names of other collaborators (in addition to your advisor). Applicants from Harvard University should indicate where in China the research will be conducted and the names of other collaborators (in addition to your advisor). References should be included but do not count as part of the page limit.
    Research budget. Applicants should submit a simple, 1-page budget that itemizes the research and travel costs associated with the proposed project.
    Project time-line. Applicants should submit a time-line of the project and anticipated start and end dates.
    Curriculum vitae.
    Two letters of recommendation. As part of the online submission, you must send a request to the two referees to submit a letter of recommendation (via the request section). The referee will be automatically sent an email with a link to an online submission form where they will upload a letter of recommendation. It is highly recommended that you contact your referee prior to sending the request. Please inform the referee to expect an email from Admin@communityforce.com with instructions for submitting a recommendation letter. Each referee must upload his/her letter of recommendation via the link by February 1.

    Additional Information
    For questions about the award, Arboretum resources, research proposal or submission process, contact the selection committee (Email).

    The Shiu-Ying Hu Student/Postdoctoral Exchange Award is made possible by the generosity of family, friends, colleagues, and admirers of eminent Chinese botanist and taxonomist Professor Shiu-Ying Hu (1910-2012).

  • The Deland Award for Student Research ( Research Opportunity )

    Application deadline: Feb 1st (yearly)
    Submit online at: https://arboretumscholars.communityforce.com/Login.aspx?7861726F417A39587757633D

    The Deland Award for Student Research supports investigations by graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on the comparative biology of woody plants, including developmental biology, physiology, genetics, reproductive biology, or ecology. Preference is given to students whose research utilizes the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum.
    Awards of up to $10,000 are granted to support student research expenses and, in some cases, living expenses incurred during the research period.

    Application Information

    Awards are granted through a competitive review process. Selection of recipient(s) will be based on the educational background of the student and their readiness to conduct the proposed research; the quality of the proposed research; and the relevance of the proposed research to the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum.

    To be considered for an award, online applications should include the following:

    Cover letter.
    Research statement. The statement should be 1 to 2-pages and describes your research project and how additional funding via the Deland Award would further your research aims. Include how the living collection of the Arnold Arboretum will be utilized and the names of other collaborators (in addition to your advisor). References should be included but do not count as part of the page limit.
    Research budget. Applicants should submit a simple, 1-page budget that itemizes the research and travel costs associated with the proposed project.
    Project time-line. Applicants should submit a time-line of the project and anticipated start and end dates.
    Curriculum vitae.
    Two letters of recommendation. As part of the online submission, you must send a request to the two referees to submit a letter of recommendation (via the request section). The referee will be automatically sent an email with a link to an online submission form where they will upload a letter of recommendation. It is highly recommended that you contact your referee prior to sending the request. Please inform the referee to expect an email from Admin@communityforce.com with instructions for submitting a recommendation letter. Each referee must upload his/her letter of recommendation via the link by February 1.

    Additional Information
    For questions about the award, Arboretum resources, research proposal or submission process, contact the selection committee (Email).

    The Deland Award for Student Research is made possible by the generosity of F. Stanton Deland Jr. and the Deland family through the Deland Award Endowment.


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