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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 2021–2022 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. This $25,000 yearlong fellowship is a unique opportunity for mid-career and senior-level landscape architects to explore, research, develop, and test big ideas that will bring about positive change and expand the impact of landscape architecture.

The fellowship was established to support innovation, cultivate transformational leadership, and foster intergenerational mentorship in the field of landscape architecture. Each year, 3–4 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, new technology, or any activity that contributes to knowledge and drives impactful change. For inspiration, you can watch the final presentations from the 2019–2020 fellowship cohort here.

Over the course of the fellowship year, selected Fellows dedicate approximately three months to realizing their proposed projects and participating in three 2.5-day residencies in Washington, D.C., as well as monthly conference calls. During the residencies and calls, the cohort of Fellows and 2–3 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 next cohort of the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership will run from spring 2021 to spring 2022. Eligible applicants must have a minimum of six years of professional experience in landscape architecture and be able to dedicate the equivalent of twelve weeks’ time to their proposed project.

Application materials are due September 15, 2020.

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. Learn about the work of the current and past fellowship cohorts here.

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