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 

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Wildlife Conservation Intern and a Global Science Network Intern at our Washington, DC office

Deadline:  until filled

Native Landscapes & Garden Center Internship: The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Native Landscapes & Garden Center seeks an energetic and hardworking intern to assist in day-to-day nursery operations and work with our landscape installation and maintenance services.

Deadline:  until filled

LearnToEngage Multiplier Event: Applications are now open for the LearnToEngage Multiplier Event to be held at Eurogard VIII. Not only will participants receive a short, hands-on training opportunity, looking at Interpretation and Working with Diverse Audiences at botanic gardens, but successful applicants will also be eligable for a discounted conference attendance rate.

The event is being run as part of the Eurogard VIII programme and will therefore take place between 7th and 11th May, 2018 at Univeristy of Lisbon.

Deadline: January 12, 2018

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.

Deadline: March 1, 2018

The Great Basin Institute (USA) offers two internships: Native Planting and Nursery Internship and Song Dog Native Plant Nursery Internship.

Deadline: March 31, 2018

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

Do you work as an educator in a botanic garden or museum in Italy, Portugal or the UK? LearnToEngage is an exciting new suite of professional development modules for botanic garden staff and museum educators in these countries. This blended learning course (a mixture of online and on-site learning) will enhance engagement of your audiences and support the vital educational role played by botanic gardens and museums. LearnToEngage is funded through the European Commission’s Erasmus + programme and provides an interactive, co-operative experience with both online and on-site provision.

Deadlines: April 30, 2018; the end of 2018

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

Deadline: spring 2018

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, every year

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.

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (Germany)

Georg Forster Research Fellowship (Germany). Top opportunities for researchers from developing countries

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.

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. – 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 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.

Several open unpaid 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