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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals
to Support a Botany-Related Residency Program

Interdisciplinary Residencies

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Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF)

Deadline Date:

05/26/22 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International individual artists, researchers, scholars, conservation practitioners, scientists, and writers for residencies related to gardens, plants, and landscapes. Funding is intended to support project creation alongside other residents who may be examining the natural world from different perspectives. The goal of the program is for residents to experience cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary inspiration by working side-by-side in a supportive environment with individuals of varying backgrounds and interests.

The program is mainly directed toward individuals in four overlapping and broad categories:

  • Artists and Writers: Individuals devoted to creative expression and innovative thinking that leads to new objects, movements, or ideas. This includes, but is not limited to, artists, dancers, filmmakers and musicians of all kinds, as well as writers of both fiction and non-fiction. Visual artists creating book art, drawings, fiber art, graphics, illustrations, paintings, photography, prints, sculpture or other objects have been especially prominent in Oak Spring residencies so far, but the Foundation is keen to support all forms of artistic expression.
  • Researchers and Scholars in Humanities: Individuals devoted to traditional or non-traditional research and scholarship in anthropology, art history, history, human geography, history, language, law, politics, sociology and religion with connections to plants, gardens and landscapes. The outputs from such work may be traditional high-quality scholarship or other work that seeks to reach a broader audience, for example through electronic media. The Foundation is especially eager to support individuals who will make use of the exceptional collection of art, manuscripts, books, and other objects in the Oak Spring Garden Library.
  • Conservation Scientists and Practitioners: Individuals undertaking research, practice, or action related to the conservation and sustainable use of plants, and the ecological/environmental systems of which they are part. The work may be situated in environments ranging from “natural” to human-dominated, including in agricultural systems in which minimizing adverse environmental impacts and conserving biological diversity is a priority.
  • Plant and Ecological Scientists: Individuals undertaking basic or applied research in plant science at the organismal or ecological level, including the importance of plants in ecological processes of all kinds. Individuals may be pursuing research at the population or species levels, but might equally be addressing questions related to the ways in which plants participate in global systems or biome level processes. The Foundation particularly encourages research on the plants, ecological systems, and habitats of the Oak Spring landscape.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196920

Number of Grants:

The Foundation plans to award about 40 Interdisciplinary Residencies annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Residents selected for the 5-week session will receive a $2,000 individual grant, and individuals selected for the 2-week session will receive an $800 individual grant.

Residents are housed in shared accommodations for the duration of the program. Each resident will have a private bedroom and bathroom, and share a living space and kitchen with 1 - 3 other residents. Visual artists will have 24/7 access to a studio within 0.75 miles of their accommodations, and other residents will have a designated writing space in their accommodations.

Term of Contract:

- 5-week, Session I: Monday, May 22, 2023 - Saturday, June 24, 2023
- 5-week, Session II: Monday, July 10, 2023 - Saturday, August 12, 2023
- 5-week, Session III: Monday, August 28, 2023 - Saturday, September 30, 2023
- 5-week, Session IV: Monday, October 16, 2023 - Saturday, November 18, 2023
- 2-week, Session I: Sunday, March 19, 2023 - Saturday, April 1, 2023
- 2-week, Session II: Sunday, May 1, 2023 - Friday, May 13, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Each Interdisciplinary Residency session is designed to support residents who might be: artists, conservation practitioners, researchers, scholars, scientists or writers who are pursuing work inspired by plants, gardens and landscapes.

Applications are open to international residents.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are being accepted for the 2023 residencies now through May 26th, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.

The 2-week residency program is designed for parents, caregivers, or others for whom a 5-week residency is not possible. However, those who are able to apply to the 5-week residency are encouraged to do so.

Applicants who work in languages other than English should submit translations of their work samples. Working knowledge of English is important to selected residents, and OSGF does not provide a translator or interpreter at this time. International applicants selected for a residency or fellowship will also be responsible for procuring their own visas.

Residents will be asked to arrange transportation to Dulles International Airport or Union Station, and OSGF will provide transportation to the site in Upperville, VA.

Outside of the tours and events scheduled during the first week of the residency, residents are asked (but not required) to participate in a Residency Showcase during the final week of the program. The Residency Showcase is an informal opportunity for staff and other program participants who might be on-site to visit with the residents and learn about what they have worked on during their time at Oak Spring.


Additional information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For questions, please reach out to the Head of Residency and Fellowship Programs, Danielle Eady, at

Oak Spring Garden Foundation
1776 Loughborough Lane
Upperville, VA 20184

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

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Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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