OAK SPRING GARDEN FOUNDATION

We are accepting applications for our residency and fellowship programs now through May 31st, 2024 at 11:59pm est. Applicants should expect to learn about the results of the application process on or around December 1st, 2024.

Our residency programs are an important way that we meet our mission, and provide dedicated individuals access to our resources and accommodations.  All of our residents are selected based on their ability to demonstrate a current interest in plants, landscapes, and gardens, or more broadly, the natural world and humankind’s place in it.  We welcome and encourage diverse applicants, and we are always excited to receive submissions that convey a unique relationship with, or perspective on, the natural world.

At OSGF, we believe that residencies are valuable for artists, writers, ecologists, and researchers who are working on creative projects. The time and space, as well as support, and access to resources, can be valuable to individuals at varying stages of their life and career. Our residencies and fellowship programs are designed to offer a balance of unstructured time for work and inspiration, alongside provided meals, and optional community-building activites.

Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s Library, Gardens, and Landscape – as well the treasures held within all three – are incredible resources for learning and growth. We want to provide access to these resources for practitioners who are serious about developing their work in new and meaningful ways, and we proudly support emerging leaders in a variety of disciplines by offering four annual fellowships. These fellowships, which include a $10,000 individual grant each, are our most prestigious awards. Applicants to our fellowships can choose to also be considered for our interdisciplinary residency programs, which offer a smaller individual grant. Our current fellowships are listed below, and you can click on each to learn more about each fellowship, the application requirements, and more.

Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence

The Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence is awarded annually to one outstanding, early-career artist who is developing new works that address plants, gardens, or landscapes in the broad sense.  This award is open to visual artists, literary artists, dancers, and musicians. The award includes a $10,000 individual grant and requires a 2 – 5 week stay at Oak Spring. While at OSGF, the Fellow will be able to meet with staff, explore our 700-acre landscape and our efforts in sustainable land management, and visit our rare book library that holds over 19,000 objects, including many examples of botanical art. 

Application Process

The application portal is now open and will close May 31st, 2024. Please note that there is one application for all of our 2025 Residency and Fellowship programs, and you will be prompted to select which programs you would like to be considered for. You will be asked to submit:

  1. a resume/curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages),
  2. a 200 – 300-word statement on your artistic practice,
  3. a statement of 200 – 300 words stating how your work relates to Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s mission to “perpetuate and share the gifts of Rachel (“Bunny”) Lambert Mellon, including her residence, garden, estate and the Oak Spring Garden Library, to serve the public interest. OSGF is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating scholarship and public dialogue on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens and landscapes and the importance of plants for human well-being,”
  4. work samples

For visual artists: 5 – 10 images, please include the dimensions, year, medium, and title of each work sample. 
For creative non-fiction, fiction, essayists, or other writers: 7 – 10 pages total that demonstrate your current interests. Please use 12-point font, 1-inch margins, and double-space your writing sample.  Do not include photocopies of published work, title pages, tables of contents or HYPERLINKS.  Please be sure to state the genre of the work sample.
For time-based artists, including: filmmakers, musicians, dancers, and performance artists: 10 minutes cumulatively of work samples.  OSGF encourages video files to be uploaded directly to Submittable, but when necessary, we also accept links to vimeo or other external sites as long as the appropriate passwords are provided.
For poets and playwrights: you may submit 7 – 10 pages total.  Poetry may be spaced as needed, and scripts should follow standard script formatting. 

NOTE: When applying to this Fellowship, you will be asked if you are interested in being considered for one of our other residencies, if you are not selected for the Fellowship. To learn more about our residencies, visit www.osgf.org/residencies.

 Stacy Lloyd III Fellowship for Bibliographic Study

The Stacy Lloyd III Fellowship for Bibliographic Study is awa

rded annually to one outstanding early-career scholar, working in some area related to the history, art, and culture of plants, gardens and landscapes.  This is our most prestigious award for early career researchers and scholars in the humanities.  The award includes a $10,000 individual grant and requires a 2 – 5 week stay at Oak Spring. While at OSGF, the Fellow will be able to meet with staff, explore our 700-acre landscape and our efforts in sustainable land management, and visit our rare book library that holds over 19,000 objects, including many examples of botanical art. The Fellowship is well suited for individuals working on dissertations, or writing projects that require dedicated time and minimal distractions.

Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s Fellowship in Plant Science Research

The Plant Science Research Fellowship is awarded annually to one outstanding, early-career plant scientist, with preference given to scientists working in organismal plant biology.  This is our most prestigious award for early career practicing plant scientists.  The award includes a $10,000 individual grant and requires a 2 – 5 week stay at OSGF.  While at OSGF, the Fellow will be able to meet with staff, explore our 700-acre landscape and our efforts in sustainable land management, and visit our rare book library that holds over 19,000 objects, including many examples of botanical art. The Fellowship is well suited for individuals working on dissertations, or writing projects that require dedicated time in a supportive community with minimal distractions.

 Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s Fellowship in Plant Conservation Biology

The Plant Conservation Biology Fellowship is awarded annually to one outstanding, early-career practitioner, scholar or scientist working on issues related to plant and landscape conservation in the broad sense.  This is our most prestigious award for early-career practicing plant conservation biologists. The award includes a $10,000 individual grant and requires a 2 – 5 week stay at Oak Spring.  While at OSGF, the fellow will be able to meet with staff, explore our 700-acre landscape and our efforts in sustainable land management, and visit our rare book library that holds over 19,000 objects, including many examples of botanical art. The Fellowship is well suited for individuals working on writing projects that require dedicated time and minimal distractions.

website link: Oak Spring Garden Foundation – Fellowships (osgf.org)

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