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Apply for the 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 pursue a big idea and build leadership capacity. | Image: Landscape Architecture Foundation

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is accepting applications for its $25,000 LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. This year-long 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. Participation in the fellowship also cultivates transformational leadership and intergenerational mentorship.

The next cohort will run from June 2022 to June 2023 with 3-4 fellowships awarded through a competitive application process based on a proposed project. Application materials are due September 15, 2021

Eligible applicants must have a minimum of 6 years of professional experience in landscape architecture and be able to dedicate the equivalent of 12 weeks’ time to their proposed project over the course of the fellowship year. 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 beyond the traditional scope of landscape architecture practice.

During the fellowship, the cohort of Fellows and 2-3 emerging professionals from LAF’s Olmsted Scholars Program participate in three 2.5-day residencies in Washington, DC, as well as monthly video calls where they engage in critical discussions, build leadership capacity, and support each other towards the pursuit of their projects and ideas.

Learn more about the fellowship program, structure, eligibility, and application materials.  

The LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership was made possible through the support of donors who contributed to LAF’s 50 & Forward Campaign.

Three Ways to Learn More

1) Learn about the work of past LAF Fellows by watching their presentations at LAF’s annual Innovation + Leadership Symposium, the capstone of the fellowship year.

2) Engage with members of 2020-2021 fellowship cohort on LAF's Instagram Live where they will discuss their leadership journey and answer questions about their projects: 

  • Monday, 7/26 at 1pm ET – Andrea Johnson
  • Monday, 7/26 at 3pm ET – Alexa Vaughn-Brainard
  • Tuesday, 7/27 at 1pm ET – Diego Bermúdez

3) Join LAF on Wednesday, 8/4, 3-4pm ET for an LAF Fellowship overview and "office hours" for potential applicants to learn more about the program and get questions answered.

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