Fort Worth, TX (Vocus/PRWEB) January 05, 2011
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas announced today its Ian Leese Fellowship in Horticulture award. The Fellowship will be presented annually to a US citizen who is a graduate or undergraduate student in good standing majoring in botany or horticulture. Post-doctoral candidates and faculty between appointments will also be considered.
Award recipients will intern at the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK for a three month period (July – September). The UK-based internship provides an invaluable opportunity for recipients to gain practical horticultural work experience and make new global connections.
There will be one annual award providing funding continues. The fellowship will be competitively awarded to recognize and advance excellence in horticulture.
“BRIT and Kew have a productive history of working together for the advancement of botanical science and research,” says S. H. Sohmer, Ph.D., FLS, BRIT's president and director. “The Ian Leese Fellowship in Horticulture honors Ian Leese, a respected horticulturist and former head of the Horticultural School at Kew and provides a great opportunity for a US student.”
“This is an important collaboration between BRIT and Kew. We are honored to be a part of this Fellowship,” says Nigel Taylor, Curator, Horticulture Department, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He adds, “By furthering the educational goals and professional development of achieving students, we are adding to the ranks of inspired horticulturists that will help sort out and manage the world’s environmental challenges.”
Applications are made by completing Kew's Horticultural Internship Application. Additional supporting information including resume should be attached to the application form. Applications will be accepted for the Ian Leese Fellowship until February 15, 2011 and should be submitted to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 500 East 4th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, attention Dr. S. H. Sohmer. The award will be announced on March 30, 2011.
The Fellowship will pay a one-time stipend of $5,000 (USD) for the three month period for the purpose of defraying local housing and other miscellaneous living expenses and travel to and from Kew.
About the Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Founded in 1987, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas is an international, scientific research and learning center focused on the botanical sciences, conservation and education. Based in Fort Worth, BRIT documents plant life on Earth and conducts extensive research around the world. Current major research projects are in Texas, Europe, Peru, and New Guinea.
BRIT's herbarium, a collection of more than one million dried plant specimens representing much of Earth’s plant diversity, is among the largest in the United States and is the largest U.S. herbarium not part of a university, botanical garden, or natural history museum. Some specimens date back to the late 1700’s. BRIT's library houses more than 125,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and journals from more than 100 countries.
Its plant collections are accessible to researchers and the public with supervision. Its education programs are geared to the public to help everyone understand the value that plants bring to life. BRIT is a resource for research scientists, students, teachers, plant enthusiasts, gardeners, hospitals, and many others.
In spring, 2011, BRIT will move into its new sustainable and energy efficient headquarters located in the Fort Worth Cultural District. It will then be more accessible to the public; BRIT will provide education programs featuring indoor and outdoor classes for all ages. http://www.BRIT.org
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