Research Fellowships

Garden Club of Virginia research fellowships are designed to provide college and graduate level students with an opportunity to study topics relating to conservation, environmental affairs, and landscape architecture. Students work under the guidance of professionals in their chosen field of study and provide valuable research findings upon completion of their term. Research fellows in landscape architecture have built an impressive library of historic garden documentation since 1996 when the fellowship program was initiated. The first Conservation and Environmental Studies fellowship was awarded in 2014, beginning a new era for the Garden Club of Virginia.

Conservation and Environmental Studies

The Garden Club of Virginia Conservation and Environmental Studies Fellowship was established in 2014 to support research in conservation and environmental studies that will directly impact the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

2023 Conservation and Environmental Studies Guidelines
The 2023 application deadline is Feb. 1, 2023. The Notification of Acceptance date is March 1, 2023

“Investigating the Pollinator Promoting Potential of Virginia Solar Facilities” by Jordan Martin, William & Mary, 2021 Fellow

"Distribution and morphology of established dune species" by Emily Riffe Virginia Commonwealth University, 2020 Fellow

Video: 2019 Conservation and Environmental Studies Fellow Heather Kenny (The College of William & Mary) “Eastern Bluebirds’ Nesting Habits and Their Response to Surrounding Noise Pollution

Current and Past Fellows

Landscape Architecture

In a continuing effort to build a comprehensive record of historic gardens in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) offers two research Fellowships for graduate students currently working towards an MLA or equivalent degree. The Fellowships promote the research and documentation of historic Virginia gardens.

The Rieley Fellowship is named in honor of William D. Rieley, FASLA, the Garden Club of Virginia's landscape architect 1998-2021.

The Favretti Fellowship is named in honor of the Garden Club of Virginia's former landscape architect, Rudy J. Favretti, FASLA, in appreciation for his distinguished contributions to historic landscape scholarship, restoration, and education. 

To learn more about the landscape architecture research fellowships and to browse the comprehensive GCV library of historic garden records and site plans, visit