Curtis Prairie (Photo: Jeff Miller/UW–Madison)

Curtis Prairie (Photo: Jeff Miller/UW–Madison)

The UW–Madison Arboretum offers Arboretum Research Fellowships for graduate student researchers. We seek proposals that will address our mission and vision and build on a tradition that began with the earliest plantings to establish tallgrass prairie in 1935 and continued with subsequent experiments to maintain these early restorations.

While we are committed to continuing this long tradition of research on adaptive restoration, the Arboretum is also a valuable research site for studies in botany, landscape ecology, horticulture, soil science, wildlife ecology, environmental engineering, social science, and public health.

We invite research proposals in all areas relevant to the Arboretum mission, including the social sciences. We are particularly interested in restoration ecology, invasive species monitoring and management, stormwater impacts, horticulture, visitor experiences, citizen science, science communication, public engagement, K–12 outdoor education, the use of technology in public engagement, addressing diversity and inclusion, and the collection and analysis of long-term monitoring data at remnant and restored sites. Proposals may address any of these areas or others that wisely utilize Arboretum land and other resources. Other scholarly activities may be considered if they align with the Arboretum’s mission and vision.

There are two fellowship opportunities. The Leopold Fellowship (one award, not offered in 2023) includes full support (academic year and summer stipend, equivalent to a 50 percent research assistantship, plus research support) for up to three years. Leopold Fellows must be a Master’s or PhD candidate at UW–Madison. Arboretum Research Fellowships (3–5 awards per year) can include summer stipend, undergraduate research assistants, materials, analyses, or other research needs for up to $8,000. Research Fellows must be a Master’s or PhD candidate at UW–Madison or another Wisconsin college or university. Fellowships will be awarded annually.

Applications for 2024 must be submitted by February 1, 2024. See the Arboretum Research Fellowship RFP 2024 (PDF) for eligibility, application process, and expectations.