Leadership | LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership

Eligibility, Application & Selection Process

2018-2019 Fellowship Timeline

September 2017
Call for applications announced

December 1, 2017
Deadline for applications

December 15, 2017 (EXTENDED)
Deadline for 2012-2017 Olmsted Scholar applications

Late February 2018
Fellows announced

Late April/Early May 2018
Residency I

November 2018
Residency II

Late April/Early May 2019
Residency III

Related Documents

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Each cohort of Fellows is selected through an open, competitive process.



  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in landscape architecture. For those with degrees from colleges/universities in the U.S. and Canada, the landscape architecture program must be LAAB- or LAAC-accredited. For those outside of the U.S. and Canada, in locations where landscape architecture is not a recognized degree or profession, a degree in a related discipline is acceptable, provided that the applicant works as a landscape architect. (See Application Materials for required documentation.)
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 6 years of professional experience in landscape architecture by the December 1 application deadline. This experience can include all types of practice — private, public, academic, non-profit, service, multi-disciplinary, and other.
  • Applicants must be able to communicate in written and spoken English at an advanced/professional level and provide evidence of proficiency.
  • Applicants must be able to dedicate time to the fellowship and proposed project. They will be required to obtain a letter of support from their employers for time-off from their regular employment.
  • Current LAF staff and members of the LAF Board of Directors are not eligible. Former staff and former members of the LAF Board of Directors who meet the above requirements are eligible.
  • Teams may apply for the Fellowship, provided that a Team Lead is identified in the application and meets the above requirements. There are no restrictions on the size of the team. If selected, the team will share the $25,000 award and the Team Lead will be required to attend the three residencies.


Application Process

LAF only accepts Fellowship applications through its online application platform, SlideRoom. The deadline to submit all application materials, including reference letters, is December 1, 2017.

An application fee of $50 (USD) must be paid through SlideRoom when the application is submitted.


Selection Process

Accomplished and insightful leaders in the landscape architecture discipline will serve as jurors to review applications and select fellowship participants. Applicants selected as finalists are expected to be available for a web-based video interview in February. Fellowship winners will be notified in late February.

Applicants will be evaluated on the following:

  • Quality of the applicant’s submission
  • Project’s contribution to knowledge and innovation in the discipline of landscape architecture
  • Project’s potential to increase landscape architecture’s role in addressing global challenges
  • Feasibility of project objectives
  • Potential to expand landscape architecture’s leadership capacity into new areas
  • Applicant’s ability to provide and be open to mentorship, both as a mentor and a mentee

Preference will be given to applicants who are at a point in their careers where their participation in the Fellowship is likely to be optimum for their future growth and development as leaders in the profession of landscape architecture.



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