The Botany in Action Fellowship at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens supports emerging plant-focused scientists through research grants and science communication training. Since its inception, it has aided 80 doctoral-level students representing 38 universities and working in 29 countries. Current fellows are stationed in locales from Indiana to Hawai’i, exploring topics from forest restoration in Hawai‘i to biocultural sustainability in northeast Madagascar to microclimates in Panama. Beyond their field work, fellows' accomplishments include mentorship of other students; the creation of a botanical field guide, a photography website and various teaching modules; and outreach devoted to making science more accessible to the public.

Meet the scientists currently funded by fellowships.

Discover the work of past Botany in Action fellows.

Botany in Action Fellowship Mission
The Botany in Action Fellowship develops new science-based plant knowledge and chronicles traditional knowledge of plants for use in growing a greener world. It also promotes interactive, scientific education about the importance of plants, biodiversity and sustainable landscapes for human well-being.

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Botany in Action Paula Sculley Fellowship

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has announced the Botany in Action Paula Sculley Fellowship, named in memoriam of Paula Cook Sculley. The honorary fellowship recognizes Paula’s legacy as a pioneer and leader as President of The Garden Club of Allegheny County where she co-founded Botany in Action.

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Botany in Action Susan Clancy Fellowship

The Garden Club of Allegheny County has instituted a new Botany in Action Fellowship, named in honor of Susan Clancy. The honorary fellowship recognizes Susan’s legacy as a co-founder of Botany in Action.

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Support Botany in Action
The Botany in Action Fellowship proves that individuals can make a world of difference. Please email Greg DuFour or call 412/441-4442, ext. 3701 to learn how you can support this important work.

This program is underwritten in part by The Garden Club of Allegheny County. Please note this award does not include overhead such as facilities and administrative (F&A) costs for fellows' institutions.