2024-25 Fellows Program
Continuing Longwood Gardens’ mission-driven history of targeted training and education for horticulture professionals, the Fellows Program supports the development of a robust, diverse, and qualified talent pool for the sector at large.
Fellows have unique opportunities to refine their leadership skills by heightening self-awareness, interacting with experts and thought leaders, and absorbing customized content on organizational behavior, nonprofit management, strategic planning, and team development. The program grafts theory with practice, offering Fellows the opportunity to conduct case-based discussions, learn from regional and global public horticulture leaders, and engage in pragmatic learning via departmental immersions, a two-month field placement with a partner organization, and a research-based cohort project focused on addressing pressing issues in public horticulture.
The ideal applicant is someone who has a bachelor’s degree and wants to serve—or is currently serving—in a leadership capacity within the public horticulture industry. Successful applicants demonstrate a high potential for professional growth, are readily endorsed by other professionals in their field, are proficient at reading and writing in English, and embody the following characteristics:
- 5+ years of work experience in public horticulture or closely related field
- Commitment to professional excellence
- Leadership competencies that include deep intellectual curiosity, intrinsic motivation, adaptive interpersonal skills, and strong communication skills
- Ability to enable others and collaborate well
- Commitment to working for the greater good
- Welcoming of diverse perspectives and backgrounds
- Capacity to be visionary and innovative
- Demonstrated commitment to continuously developing oneself and others
- Commitment to public horticulture
Although not required, applicants may hold or be working toward a master’s or doctoral degree. Those individuals who meet the criteria listed above and find themselves transitioning between careers are also encouraged to apply.
A complete application for the Longwood Fellows Program has 5 components:
- Program application form
- Cover letter
- 3 short essays
- 3 letters of recommendation
More instructions about these components can be found below.
Finalists will be invited to in-person interviews at Longwood Gardens in October 2023; travel costs will be covered by Longwood. Following the interviews, invited applicants will be required to complete a drug screening and background check before the program starts in June 2024.
To submit an application, complete or upload all required documents and ensure your references have uploaded their letters by the closing date. All uploads must be in PDF form. Once all the requirements are complete, click the "Submit" button to finalize your application.