Leadership | LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership

Award & Expectations

2019-2020 Fellowship Timeline

July 2018
Call for applications announced

September 15, 2018
Deadline for all applications
   - Senior-level
   - Mid-career
   - Recent LAF Olmsted Scholars

September 25, 2018
Deadline for letters of reference

January 2019
Fellows announced

Late April/Early May 2019
Residency I

November 2019
Residency II

Late April/Early May 2020
Residency III

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Senior-level Candidates RFP
For applicants with 18+ years of professional landscape architecture experience

Mid-career Candidates RFP
For applicants with 6-17 years of professional landscape architecture experience

Recent LAF Olmsted Scholars RFP
For applicants named as LAF Olmsted Scholars between 2013 and 2018

Each year, LAF will award 3-4 Fellowships, based upon the merit of the applicant pool and available funding.


Fellowship Awards

  • Each selected Fellow will receive one $25,000 award*
  • The award will be paid out in (3) three payments of $8,333.33 upon successful completion of each Residency. Attendance at residencies is mandatory for payment of funds. (See Fellowship Structure)
  • LAF will also provide travel and lodging stipends for the Fellow to attend the three residencies.*

*Teams may apply for the Fellowship and share the $25,000 award. The Fellowship Team Lead is required to attend the three residences and will receive the travel and lodging stipend. Additional team members are welcome, but are not required to attend the residencies and are responsible for their own expenses.


Fellowship Expectations

  • The Fellowship project should equate to approximately three months (12 weeks) of work to be completed within the Fellowship year. As a result, project work time will require a 12-week break from employment, to be taken and distributed at the discretion of the Fellow, over the course of the year.
  • Fellows must attend and complete each of the three 2.5-day Residencies that will take place throughout the fellowship year. (See Fellowship Structure)
  • Fellows must participate in regular (monthly) conference calls with the Fellowship cohort and facilitator(s) to check in, report progress, and discuss any relevant issues. Participation in discussions and ongoing dialogue through the Fellowship year is encouraged to enrich mentorship, collaboration, and the overall Fellowship experience.
  • Fellows are expected to support, guide, and mentor other members of the cohort throughout the year-long fellowship.



Projects proposed for the LAF Fellowship in Innovation and Leadership may be abstract or concrete in nature. They may be grounded in theoretical or historical investigations; product, program or business plan development*; new practice or service models; built work; or any activity that creates knowledge and empowers landscape architecture. Projects may engage multiple disciplines if the outcome expands the impact of landscape architecture.

*For projects focused on business plan development, the applicant must make the case that the business pursuit serves the advancement of the profession. Individual gain must not be the primary outcome.