The Stacy B. Lloyd III Fellowship for Bibliographic Study is awarded annually to one outstanding early-career scholar, working in some area related to the history, art, and culture of plants, gardens and landscapes. This is their most prestigious award for researchers and scholars in the humanities. The award includes a $10,000 individual grant and requires a 2 - 8 week stay at Oak Spring. This fellowship is granted to an exceptional researchers who are developing a new body of research that would especially benefit from access to Oak Spring’s library.
In 2023, the individual selected for this award will be asked to spend 2 - 8 weeks at Oak Spring where they will be able to meet with staff, explore the 700-acre landscape and observe efforts in sustainable land management, and visit their rare book library that holds over 19,000 objects, including many examples of botanical art. The Fellow will have ample time and space to work independently on their own projects during their stay. The only requirement during their time at Oak Spring will be to give one 20-30 minute presentations with time for questions, to Oak Spring staff and any other fellows, residents, or other program participants who might be on site.
The dates of the Fellow’s residency will be scheduled in consultation with OSGF staff and should fall between Monday, June 12, 2023 - Saturday, November 18, 2023.
The selected Fellow should make travel arrangements to Dulles International Airport, where OSGF will arrange transportation for them to our estate in Upperville, VA. The Fellow will reside in a nicely appointed, self-catering accommodation during their time at Oak Spring. The fellow will have a private bedroom and bathroom, and share a living room and kitchen.
To begin your application, please go to https://osgf.submittable.com/submit and locate the ‘2023 Residency and Fellowship Programs’ application. Please note that there is one application for all of OSGF’s 2023 residency and fellowship programs, and you will be prompted to select which programs you would like to be considered for. You will be asked to submit:
- 1. a resume/curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages),
- 2. a 200–300-word statement on your current research or scholarship,
- 3. a 200 - 300 word statement on how your work relates to the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s mission to “perpetuate and share the gifts of Rachel (“Bunny”) Lambert Mellon, including her residence, garden, estate and the Oak Spring Garden Library, to serve the public interest. OSGF is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating scholarship and public dialogue on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens and landscapes and the importance of plants for human well-being,”
- 4. any and all relevant links/up to 10 pages of writing that demonstrates your research outputs and current scholarly interests.
NOTE: When applying to this fellowship, you will be asked if you are interested in being considered for one of OSGF’s interdisciplinary residencies, if you are not selected for the Stacy Lloyd III Fellowship. To learn more about those residencies, visit www.osgf.org/residencies.
Eligible applicants must be early-career researchers completing a terminal degree, or who have completed a terminal degree within the past five years. The selected early-career researcher must be self-directed and able to work independently while on site. Applicants are expected to show exceptional promise with an ability to state how use of Oak Spring’s library will contribute to their research objectives, exceptional promise, good communication skills and excellence in what they have accomplished or plan to accomplish.