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Fellowship FAQs

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

Related Documents

View/Download the LAF Fellowship announcement and application info:

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

Please click on a question below to view the response. If you have questions about the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership that are not covered here or elsewhere on our website, please email Rachel Booher, Operations Manager, at rbooher@lafoundation.org. Please email at least one week in advance of the deadline with any clarifying questions for your application.

Eligibility

Expectations

  • Are selected Fellows required to take 3 months off of work?

    Each Fellow is expected to devote the equivalent of 3 months’ time to the fellowship and to realizing his/her proposed project. This time investment is made over the course of a full year, and the $25,000 award is intended to offset any lost wages. Since the distribution of this ~12-week break in employment is at the discretion of the Fellow, it does not need to be taken all at once.

Application Materials

  • Do references and citations count toward the maximum word count?

    No. References and citations are excluded from the maximum word counts for the various application materials.

  • What is the difference between a Reference Letter and the Employer Letter of Support?

    Applicants are required to submit one Reference Letter and one Employer Letter of Support.

    The Reference Letter should be submitted by a professional or academic reference (e.g., previous employer, client, colleague, community leader, professor, etc.) The letter should address the applicant’s capacity to complete the project and their ability to lead and mentor others.

    The Employer Support Letter is a signed letter written by an applicant’s employer or supervisor acknowledging their support for the applicant taking time off (approximately 12 weeks) from work to devote time to the fellowship. The letter should also address the applicant’s capacity to complete the project and their ability to lead and mentor others. If an applicant is self-employed or unemployed at time of application, they should submit one additional Reference Letter in lieu of the Employer Support Letter.

  • Where should the Reference Letter be mailed?

    All application materials, including the Reference Letters, must be submitted through SlideRoom, LAF’s online application portal. In SlideRoom, applicants must provide the email address for the reference, and instructions will be sent to him/her to upload their letter through a confidential link. Please be sure to follow-up with your reference(s) to confirm their receipt of this email and the  instructions to upload their letter of reference.

  • Where should the Employer Support Letter be mailed?

    All application materials, including the Employer Support Letter, must be submitted through SlideRoom, LAF’s online application portal. Applicants obtain the letter and upload a PDF copy to SlideRoom as a PDF.

Notification Process