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Apply Now for the $25,000 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. This $25,000, year-long fellowship is a unique opportunity for mid-career and senior-level landscape architects to explore, research, develop, and test the next big ideas that will bring about positive change and expand the impact of landscape architecture.

The fellowship was launched in 2016 to support innovation, cultivate transformational leadership, and foster intergenerational mentorship in the field of landscape architecture. Each year, three-to-five fellowships are awarded through a competitive application process based on a proposed project. Projects may be grounded in theoretical or historical investigations, product or program development, new practice or service models, built work, or any activity that creates knowledge and empowers landscape architecture.

Over the course of the fellowship year, selected Fellows dedicate approximately three months’ time to realizing their proposed projects and participate in three two-and-one-half-day residencies in Washington, D.C., as well as monthly conference calls. During the residencies and calls, the cohort of Fellows and up to four emerging professionals from LAF’s Olmsted Scholars Program engage in critical discussions, build leadership capacity, and support each other towards the pursuit of their projects and ideas.

The 2018-2019 cohort of the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership will run April 2018 to May 2019. Eligible applicants must have a minimum of six years of professional experience in landscape architecture and be able to dedicate the equivalent of 12 weeks’ time to their proposed project.

Application materials are due December 1, 2017.

For more information on the fellowship program, structure, eligibility, and application materials, visit

The LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership was made possible by the funds raised through LAF’s 50 & Forward Campaign, which concluded in 2016. Learn about the work of the current fellowship cohort here.

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