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Each year, LAF will award 3-4 Fellowships, based upon the merit of the applicant pool and available funding.

Fellowship Structure

Three residencies form the core of the year-long LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. At the residencies, Fellows present their projects and progress, explore the concepts of transformational leadership, and participate in facilitated discussions. The time between residencies provides an open structure for Fellows to work in-depth on their projects with monthly check-in calls. At the final residency, Fellows share their findings and results with targeted stakeholders in a symposium format.

Each year 3-4 Fellows and 2-3 emerging professionals from LAF’s Olmsted Scholars Program are selected for the fellowship program. These 6-7 individuals are brought together as a cohort team and participate in the fellowship year together under the guidance and support of their fellowship facilitator(s). The final residency for one cohort overlaps with the first residency for the following year’s cohort, allowing for more knowledge-sharing and exchange. 


Fellowship Awards

Each selected Fellow will receive one $25,000 award*
The award will be paid out in (3) three payments of $8,333.33 upon successful completion of each Residency. Attendance at residencies is mandatory for payment of funds. (See Fellowship Structure)
LAF will also provide travel and lodging stipends for the Fellow to attend the three residencies.*
*Teams may apply for the Fellowship and share the $25,000 award. The Fellowship Team Lead is required to attend the three residences and will receive the travel and lodging stipend. Additional team members are welcome, but are not required to attend the residencies and are responsible for their own expenses.


Fellowship Expectations

The Fellowship project should equate to approximately three months (12 weeks) of work to be completed within the Fellowship year. As a result, project work time will require a 12-week break from employment, to be taken and distributed at the discretion of the Fellow, over the course of the year. 
Fellows must attend and complete each of the three 2.5-day Residencies that will take place throughout the fellowship year. (See Fellowship Structure) 
Fellows must participate in regular (monthly) conference calls with the Fellowship cohort and facilitator(s) to check in, report progress, and discuss any relevant issues. Participation in discussions and ongoing dialogue through the Fellowship year is encouraged to enrich mentorship, collaboration, and the overall Fellowship experience.
Fellows are expected to support, guide, and mentor other members of the cohort throughout the year-long fellowship.


Projects proposed for the LAF Fellowship in Innovation and Leadership may be abstract or concrete in nature. They may be grounded in theoretical or historical investigations; product, program or business plan development*; new practice or service models; built work; or any activity that creates knowledge and empowers landscape architecture. Projects may engage multiple disciplines if the outcome expands the impact of landscape architecture.

*For projects focused on business plan development, the applicant must make the case that the business pursuit serves the advancement of the profession. Individual gain must not be the primary outcome.



Fellows are required to participate in three 2.5-day residencies in Washington, D.C. over the course of the fellowship year. Full attendance and participation in each of the residencies is crucial to the success of the fellowship and is mandatory to receive funding. Travel and lodging stipends are provided.

Residencies consist of presentations, critique, and discussions among cohort members with invited critics that may include academics, practitioners, representatives of allied organizations, industry partners, and past and present members of the LAF Board of Directors.

Residency I: Fellowship Kick-Off 

  • Deepen commitment of each cohort member to their project pursuit and identify the obstacles in her or his path
  • Establish the cohort as a mentorship and support network
  • Introduce “transformational leadership”

Residency II: Fellowship Mid-Point

  • Share progress
  • Review and critique execution plans and draft dissemination products
  • Continue leadership assessment, development, and reflection

Residency III: Final Symposium

  • Present project, products and next steps to the LAF Board of Directors and targeted stakeholders at a symposium event
  • Mentor and support the incoming fellowship cohort

Monthly Calls

Fellows are required to participate in monthly conference calls to report on progress and discuss relevant issues. Additional discussions and ongoing dialogue are encouraged to enrich mentorship, collaboration, and the overall fellowship experience.

LAF is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that provide financial support towards fulfilling our mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

Much of what LAF is able to accomplish would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial investment of our major supporters, including ASLA, which provides over $125,000 of in-kind support annually.