Awards for Students

Garden and Landscape Studies sponsors two awards—the Bliss Symposium Award and the Mellon Travel Award—for currently enrolled graduate students and undergraduate juniors and seniors wishing to attend the annual spring symposium and the fall colloquium at Dumbarton Oaks, in Washington, D.C. The awards offer reimbursement up to $500 for the cost of travel to Washington D.C., local accommodation, and other approved expenses related to symposium attendance. Symposium registration fees are waived for award recipients. Successful applicants will be expected to assist with a portion of the conference, such as registration and/or facilitating the discussion periods.

To be eligible to compete for an award, applicants (and recipients) must be currently-enrolled graduate students or undergraduate juniors or seniors. Preference will be given to students in concentrations relevant to the fields of Garden and Landscape Studies and Urban Landscape Studies. Candidates should prepare an application consisting of a brief cover letter stating why the conference is of interest, a curriculum vitae, and one letter of recommendation, which should be from the applicant’s advisor or department chair. Recipients of the Bliss Symposium Awards are responsible for making their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. Funds will be disbursed only after the successful applicant has submitted a narrative report, travel expense form, and original receipts.

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