Leadership | LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership

Application Materials

2017-2018 Fellowship Timeline

August 2016
Call for applications announced

December 1, 2016
Deadline for applications

February 2017
Fellows announced

Late April/Early May 2017
Residency I

November 2017
Residency II

Late April/Early May 2018
Residency III

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LAF uses SlideRoom as its online application platform and will only accept applications submitted through this system. All application materials, including reference letters, must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on December 1.

Visit http://lafoundation.slideroom.com to use the system. Once you have created an account, scroll down to “LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership”, and click “Begin” to start the submission process. You may save, edit, and review your work prior to submitting. An application fee of $50 must be paid at the time of submission via credit card.

Application Contents

Applicants should submit materials that best display relevant work, project goals, ability to complete the proposed project, and ability to lead and mentor others. (If you are applying as a team, only the Fellowship Team Lead should complete and submit the application.)

Completed applications must include the following:

  1. General Application Form
    Complete this online form with basic contact information and eligibility details.
  2. Project Abstract (200 word max)
    Provide a title and abstract for your project in PDF format..
  3. Project Contacts (For team applications only)
    Upload a PDF with name, job title, employer, and contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone number) for all team members.
  4. Project Proposal (1,500 word, 3 page max)
    Upload your project proposal in PDF format. The proposal must be grounded in appropriate literature, practice, and/or observation and must include the following sections:
    Significance: Briefly explain what opportunity the project provides for landscape architects, the profession, sustainable landscape solutions and/or resilient landscape solutions. Explain why there is a need for the proposed project and what will be the intended impacts of the project.
    Methods: Briefly explain the intended process and methods for completing the project. These should be appropriate to the scope and focus of the proposal. All projects need to be situated within a literature review.
    Outcomes: Briefly explain the intended outcomes of the project and their ability to be transformational, significant, and replicable.
    Stakeholders/Target Audience: Briefly identify people who need to know about the project. This could include, but should not be limited to: people affected by the project, people who could further the project goals, and/or major stakeholders/decision makers. Fellows will be expected to be proactive and facilitate their own outreach. In addition, LAF can leverage its relationships in the field of landscape architecture to connect Fellows with relevant advisors.
    Dissemination: Briefly identify a minimum of 3 different modes to disseminate the project outcomes upon completion of the project. This could include, but should not be limited to: print journals, online platforms, film, television, or conferences. Please be specific. Fellows will be expected to work in partnership with LAF in the dissemination of their work.
  5. Budget (2 page max)
    Upload a PDF that demonstrates the financial scope of the project. The budget will not be used to track the Fellowship award spending and will not garner additional funding from LAF, but should demonstrate the applicant’s understanding of costs associated with project development to achieve the short and/or long-term objectives per the project proposal. The project budget should also disclose any existing funding or match/partner funds. Existing or previous project funding will not influence the selection process.
  6. Schedule (2 page max)
    Upload a PDF that shows the project timeline with significant milestones, which should be organized in thirds to correspond with deliverables for each of the residencies. (See Fellowship Structure for residency timeline.) The schedule should clearly outline the time you will dedicate to the project outside of your regular work — keep in mind that the Fellowship is intended to create a break to give you time to think and work deeply on the project.
  7. Employer Support Letter (2 page max)
    Upload a signed letter from your employer or supervisor acknowledging his/her support for taking time off (approximately 12 weeks) from work for the Fellowship. The letter should also address your capacity to complete the project and your ability to lead and mentor others. If you are self-employed, please contact Jennifer Low, Program Manager, at jlow@lafoundation.org for discussion and further direction.
  8. Reference Letter (2 page max)
    Provide the e-mail address for 1 reference, and instructions will be sent to him/her to submit a reference letter through SlideRoom. The letter should address your capacity to complete the project and your ability to lead and mentor others.
  9. Curriculum Vitae (3 page max)
    Upload a PDF that outlines your career history, highlighting relevant experience that supports your ability to complete the project and your ability to lead and mentor others.
  10. Portfolio (10 page max)
    Upload one PDF (8.5”x11”, letter-size) with up to 10 pages of relevant material that further supports your ability to complete the project. Provide brief descriptions of your responsibility and role within your submitted materials and identify the roles of other contributors, participants, firm and client, if applicable.
  11. College/University Transcripts (For international applicants only)
    Upload one PDF (in English, if possible) relative to applicant’s degree type. (Transcripts are not required for applicants with a LAAB- or LAAC-accredited degree from a school in the U.S. or Canada):
     - For applicants with a recognized landscape architecture degree from a school outside the U.S. or Canada, submit a copy of college/university transcripts showing completion of a landscape architecture program.
     - For applicants from countries where landscape architecture is not a recognized degree, submit a copy of college/university transcripts showing completion of a degree in a related field, along with course descriptions for each of the landscape architecture-related courses completed.
  12. Proof of English Language Proficiency (For non-native English speakers only)
    Upload a PDF with recent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results or other evidence of English proficiency.
  13. Statement of Commitment to Attend Residencies
    Check the box that acknowledges that by submitting the application, you commit to attend all three residencies.
  14. Statement of Accuracy and Complete Information
    Check the box that acknowledges that by submitting the application, you attest that all information provided is true, accurate, current, and complete.


Contact Jennifer Low at jlow@lafoundation.org or 202-331-7070 x14