Call for Fellows 2019 – New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 7, 2019

The Humanities Institute, a research division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden, is pleased to offer two full-time, residential Research Fellowships for 2019 for current Ph.D. students or recent post-doctoral researchers.  Candidates are invited to submit a proposal for independent research in topics related to the environmental humanities.



Current Ph.D. candidates and recent post-doctoral researchers (no more than four years since graduation), who would like to further their studies in a large, international plant-based research center. Students from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

Tenure of Fellowship: nine months (tenure can be activated from June 2019 onward and no later than September 2019). Deferral of this Research Fellowship is not permitted. Fellowships at NYBG’s Humanities Institute are full-time residential awards that place great emphasis on the exchange of ideas among fellows and the spirit of community within the larger institution. Fellows are expected to devote themselves fully to their studies and give a presentation about their own research. They are also requested to participate in the Humanities Institute’s activities, including symposia, colloquia, and workshops, as well as important lectures and exhibits held Garden-wide.

Fellowship award: $50,000 (fifty thousand US dollars), plus health benefits. Fellows are also eligible for a Travel stipend during their tenure to conduct research directly related to their project (travel maximum three weeks, arranged in consultation with the administrative manager).


How to apply:

The application must be submitted as a single documentMicrosoft Word or PDF file—to:

Letters of recommendation, in PDF file format, must be submitted directly from the recommender to the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at

All applications will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt.  If you have further questions, please contact the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers at


Applications should include:

  • Complete curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications.
  • Project Proposal, including a 2-3 page (max. 750 words) statement that provides an overview of the project you plan to include with an explanation of your research’s significance in the field and the manner in which it will contribute to new scholarship in the environmental humanities.
  • Copy of your Graduate Transcripts (electronic copies will be accepted).
  • Tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship.
  • Three letters of recommendation (PDF) to be send by the recommenders directly to
  • The Deadline for all application material, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is Monday, January 2019 at 17:00 (EST). Applications are to be written in English and submitted electronically. Late applications will not be accepted. Awards will be announced by March 2019.


Upon acceptance of the fellowship, applicants will discuss their academic-year plan (a period of nine months)—including their schedule for residence in New York/New York Botanical Garden, and their specific contribution to the Humanities Institute and related institutional projects—with the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator.

Housing for Fellows:  Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements, but suggestions will be provided.

Health Insurance for Fellows:  A comprehensive Health Benefit package is offered in addition to the fellowship payment (details of coverage to be finalized in consultation with Human Resource Dept.).

Learn more about the Humanities Institute here.     

Posted: November 16, 2018