Educational opportunities

Here you can find links to websites of different educational programmes and scholarships which are open for botanists. If you know others, please write us – it is the database of volunteering camps of the Service Civil International, a lot of them can be interesting for botanists and ecologists for receiving of practical skills in combating with alien plants, managment of different types of ecosystems, nature protection etc. Besides, participation in these camps has big influence for your personal development.

The University of Bern (Switzerland) offers up to 15 Doctoral Positions for upcoming, international scholars. You can find more details here –

Deadline: May 14, 2017

Bartram’s Garden (Philadelphia, USA) seeks a full time horticultural Intern for the 2017 season. You can find more details here –

Deadline: May 17, 2017

Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme: Promoting excellence and leadership among emerging nature conservation leaders from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Deadline: May 30, 2017

The Friends of Jerusalem Botanical Gardens invest in the future by supporting education initiatives at the JBG, including internship/scholarship opportunities for horticulturalists from around the world. Now two positions are open. You can find details here.

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Research Fellowship Program from the Matsumae International Foundation (MIF) gives great opportunities for research in Japan –

Deadline: August 31, 2017

WWF offers a few internships in Washington, DC, USA, which can be interesting for botanists: Environment and Disaster Management Communications InternNatural and Nature-based Flood Management Intern, Forest Policy and Trade Intern

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (Germany)

The UBC (the University of British Colambia) Botanical Garden offers two international internships for current graduate students: The Asian Garden International Internship, and the Ian Gillam International Exchange Fellowship.

The New York Botanical Garden has 4 open positions for internships: Herbarium InternSpring Digitization Intern – Collection ExpansionSpring Digitization Intern – Mid Atlantic PlantsSpring Digitization Intern – New England Vascular Plants.

2 Internships in the Holden Arboretum, Ihio, USA:
Internship – Horticulture (garden – 2017)
Internship – Sherwin Institute of Woodland Management

A few open intern positions at the Missouri Botanical Garden. You can find more information here –

Morris Arboretum offers year-long, full-time internships with full benefits in the following areas: Arborist, Education, Flora of Pennsylvania, Horticulture, Natural Lands, Plant Protection, Propagation, Rose and Flower, Urban Forestry. You can find more information here –

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train gain experience, and volunteers abroad.

The International Visegrad Fund is an inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion based in Bratislava founded by the gov­ern­ments of the Visegrad Group countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic—in Štiřín, Czech Republic, on June 9, 2000. The pur­pose of the fund is to facil­i­tate and pro­mote the devel­op­ment of closer coop­er­a­tion among cit­i­zens and insti­tu­tions in the region as well as between the V4 region and other coun­tries, espe­cially in the Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership regions.

Botanical Garden of the University of British Columbia (Canada) have created two international internships: The Asian Garden International Internship, and the Ian Gillam International Exchange Fellowship. You can find more details here –

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) grants fellowships for international scientists/researchers who would like to give workshops / conferences / lectures, or conduct R&D activities in Turkey in the fields of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. The program aims to promote Turkey’s scientific and technological collaboration with countries of the prospective fellows.

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

In 2005, the National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic for the Supports of Mobility of University Students, PhD Students, University Teachers, Researchers and Artists was established by the approval of the Government of the Slovak Republic. The National Programme of the Slovak Republic supports study/research/teaching/artistic mobility of foreign students, PhD students, university teachers, researchers and artists at higher education institutions and research organisations in Slovakia.

Deadlines: April 30 and October 31, every year

Mt. Cuba Center Internship Program (USA): the goal is to inspire students to have an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a desire to protect the environments that sustain them. You can find two types of programs here: a summer program that runs for 12 weeks for college undergraduates or recent college graduates and a one year program for recent college graduates.

Applications will open again in December 2017.

The Coimbra Group Universities offers three types of scholarships for researchers every year. You can find more details here –

Deadline: spring 2018