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If you have questions about the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership that are not covered here or elsewhere on our website, email Rachel Booher at rbooher [at]

Contact us at least one week in advance of the deadline with any clarifying questions about your application.



Can a team, rather than an individual, apply for a Fellowship?
Yes. Teams may apply for the Fellowship and share the $25,000 award. There are no restrictions on the size of the team. The Fellowship Team Lead is required to attend the three residences and will receive a travel stipend. Additional team members are welcome, but are not required to attend the residencies and are responsible for their own expenses.

When applying as a team, are all team members required to have a degree and 6+ years of experience in landscape architecture?
No. Only the Team Lead must meet the degree, experience, and other eligibility requirements.

If I applied in the past but was not selected, may I reapply?
Yes, definitely. If you were not selected in the past, please review the fellowship description, project guidance, and Selection Process criteria to better understand what makes for a strong application. Each year, we review and refine our descriptions and guidance so that applicants can better prepare their applications.



Are selected Fellows required to take 3 months off of work?
Each Fellow is expected to devote the equivalent of 3 months’ time to the fellowship and to realizing his/her proposed project. This time investment is made over the course of a full year, and the $25,000 award is intended to offset any lost wages. Since the distribution of this ~12-week break in employment is at the discretion of the Fellow, it does not need to be taken all at once.


Application Materials

Do references and citations count toward the maximum word count?
No. References and citations are excluded from the maximum word counts for the various application materials.

What is the difference between a Reference Letter and the Employer Letter of Support?
Applicants are required to submit one Reference Letter and one Employer Letter of Support.

The Reference Letter should be submitted by a professional or academic reference (e.g., previous employer, client, colleague, community leader, professor, etc.) The letter should address the applicant’s capacity to complete the project and their ability to lead and mentor others.

The Employer Support Letter is a signed letter written by an applicant’s employer or supervisor acknowledging their support for the applicant taking time off (approximately 12 weeks) from work to devote time to the fellowship. The letter should also address the applicant’s capacity to complete the project and their ability to lead and mentor others. If an applicant is self-employed or unemployed at time of application, they should submit one additional Reference Letter in lieu of the Employer Support Letter.

Where should the Reference Letter be mailed?
All application materials, including the Reference Letters, must be submitted through SlideRoom, LAF’s online application portal. In SlideRoom, applicants must provide the email address for the reference, and instructions will be sent to him/her to upload their letter through a confidential link. Please be sure to follow-up with your reference(s) to confirm their receipt of this email and the  instructions to upload their letter of reference.

Where should the Employer Support Letter be mailed?
All application materials, including the Employer Support Letter, must be submitted through SlideRoom, LAF’s online application portal. Applicants obtain the letter and upload a PDF copy to SlideRoom as a PDF.


Notification Process

If I am not selected this year, can I get feedback on my application in preparation to apply again next year?
Due to capacity limitations, feedback will only be provided to short-listed applicants, as requested. Although the Fellowship jury members change from year to year, our advice to all applicants is to ensure that your application is complete and that your project proposal is clear.

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.