The Ian Leese Fellowship in Horticulture


Special Notice:  Program cancelled in 2014


Fellowship provides funds for US graduate or undergraduate students majoring in botany or horticulture to intern with scientists at the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK


Established in January 2011, BRIT offers its Ian Leese Fellowship in Horticulture award annually to a US citizen who is a graduate or undergraduate student in good standing, majoring in botany or horticulture. Post-doctoral candidates and faculty between appointments will also be considered.

Award recipients intern at the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK for a three-month period (July – September). The UK-based internship provides an invaluable opportunity for recipients to gain practical horticultural work experience and make new global connections.

The Ian Leese Fellowship in Horticulture honors Ian Leese, a respected horticulturist and former head of the Horticultural School at Kew, and provides a great opportunity for a US student. It is competitively awarded to recognize and advance excellence in horticulture. 

The Fellowship is an important collaboration between BRIT and Kew. Administrators for both organizations believe that it furthers the educational goals and professional development of achieving students and helps add to the ranks of inspired horticulturists that will help sort out and manage the world’s environmental challenges.

Applications are made by completing Kew's Horticultural Internship Application. Additional supporting information, including resume, should be attached to the application form. Generally, the application submission deadline (for any given year) is on February 15. A news release announcing BRIT's Call for Applications will be issued in November of the prior year.  Applications should be submitted to the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-3400, attention Dr. S.H. Sohmer.

The Fellowship will pay a one-time stipend of $5,000 (USD) for the three month period for the purpose of defraying local housing and other miscellaneous living expenses and travel to and from Kew. 

The award recipient will have a valid US passport and will be required to make all arrangements for a student visa or his/her right-to-work permit in the UK. The award recipient may apply with BUNAC for its overseas work program and sponsorship. The Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, is not able to sponsor the applicant for visa purposes.

At Kew registration, the recipient will be required to produce original documentation to confirm eligibility.

Kew Horticultural Internship Application