The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship

The Garden Club of America is pleased to announce a fellowship open to Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s to promote the study of medicinal botany. The fellowship was established to protect and preserve knowledge about the medicinal use of plants, and thus prevent the disappearance of plants with therapeutic potential. Providing this research opportunity for botanists can, in turn, assist medical science in its ability to protect lives, alleviate suffering, and develop new medicines. The fellowship was created and endowed by a generous contribution from Anne S. Chatham, a member of the Garden Club of America's Scholarship Committee and a member of the Jupiter Island Garden Club.

To this end, the Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany will provide at least one grant award of $4,500 annually. An important aspect of the award is that it is intended to enable a student to pursue an avenue of research that might otherwise prove closed. Accordingly, the funds may be used to cover direct costs associated with travel, field studies, or laboratory research. However, fellowship funds may not be used to cover indirect costs or overhead and should not be used to pay for lab space or supplies normally provided by universities. The Missouri Botanical Garden has agreed to administer the new fellowship and selection of candidates for the award will be by a panel of botanists specializing in Economic Botany and Ethnobotany.

Eligible candidates include students currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs at recognized universities and recent graduates who have received their degrees in the last five years. Fellowship recipient will be selected by a panel of botanists appointed by the Missouri Botanical Garden and is subject to approved by the Garden Club of America Scholarship Committee.

** Previous Recipients **


Please submit the following:

  • a brief application letter
  • an abstract of 200 words or less
  • a 1-2 page research proposal, set in 12-point type (proposals should be detailed and will be treated as confidential; proposals longer than 1-2 pages will be considered ineligible)
  • a one page budget
  • current curriculum vitae
  • a letter from major advisor certifying graduate enrollment for graduate students
  • copies of appropriate permits for field work or any studies including animals, research clearances, and permission from governmental agencies should be provided for all foreign research

Proposals should be received
by January 31, 2014.

Mail applications to:
Dr. Wendy Applequist
Missouri Botanical Garden
Dept. 43
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Wendy Applequist at the address above, by phone (314-577-0267), or email (

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