Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship

Each year, The Garden Club of America (GCA) and the CPC together award the Catherine H. Beattie Fellowship to graduate students in biology, horticulture, or a related field. The purpose of the award is “to promote conservation of rare and endangered flora in the United States, with preference given to students whose projects focus on the endangered flora of the Carolinas and southeastern United States.” The fellowship was established to honor Catherine H. Beattie who served as a director and board member of the GCA and served as president from 1981 to 1983. The first fellowship was given by the Fullerton Foundation in 1983.

Provisions: Provides one annual research grant of up to $4,500, regarded as compensation for work at a botanical garden by the student, who jointly serves the program of the Center for Plant Conservation and his/her curricular studies.

Eligibility: Open to graduate students in biology, botany, ecology, horticulture, or a related field. Preference is given to students whose projects focus on a specific rare plant species native to the United States, with special consideration for the endangered flora of the Carolinas and southeastern United States.

To apply: Please submit a project narrative detailing proposed research. Items to submit:

  • one page cover letter (~400 words)
  • two page (maximum) project narrative (the page limit excludes citations)
  • one page project budget and timeline
  • curriculum vitae
  • letter of recommendation from major advisor or equivalent

Applications format: Items should be compiled in a single pdf document with items in the order listed above. Name the file “2022_Beattie_Fellowship_Application_LastName_FirstInitital.pdf” (e.g., 2022_Beattie_Fellowship_Application_Smith_J.pdf).

Deadline and email instructions: Applications should be submitted by January 31, 2022 and emailed to info@saveplants.org with “2022 Beattie Fellowship Application” in the subject line.

Selection: Selection is by a committee appointed by the Center for Plant Conservation and is approved by the GCA Scholarship Committee. Applicants will be notified by mid-March 2022.

Our 2020 Beattie Fellows

Mike Kunz monitoring Astragalus michauxii at Fort Bragg
Photo: North Carolina Botanical Garden conservationist, Mike Kunz, monitoring Astragalus michauxii on Fort Bragg. Photo credit: Courtesy of North Carolina Botanical Garden.

Michael Kunz, North Carolina Botanic Garden

Project: “Reproductive Ecology of Sandhills Milkvetch: Data to Model a Species’ Trajectory” Read More in our Newsletter Feature.

Michelle DePrenger setting up a vegetation monitoring quadrat.

Michelle DePrenger-Levin, Denver Botanic Gardens

Project: “Seed collections & Lifespans: How Much Can a Population Give? Revisiting the 10% Rule.” Read More in our Newsletter Feature.

CPC 2022 Summer Fellowship

The Center for Plant Conservation is excited to announce a 12-week paid summer fellowship opportunity for early career investigators eager to gain experience in biodiversity informatics in a conservation nonprofit setting. The CPC summer fellow will be under the supervision of CPC’s Vice President of Science and Conservation, Dr. Katie Heineman to develop an independent research project leveraging the data assets associated with CPC’s National Collection of endangered plants. Through this project, the fellow will receive training in the compilation and analysis of conservation data from multiple data sources and will have the opportunity to create a new data resource or analysis that benefits the conservation community.

About the Center for Plant Conservation

The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) is a one-of-a-kind network of conservation partners, collectively known as CPC Participating Institutions (PIs; now including more than 65 institutions), that collaboratively work to save the imperiled plants of the United States throughout their native range. The CPC National Office is headquartered at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California.

Possible Topics:

  • Identifying spatial analysis and phylogenetic patterns in the plant species represented in conservation seed collections at botanical gardens
  • Adding literature observations and analyzing patterns of endangered plant reintroduction success for CPC’s registry of rare plant reintroductions
  • Cross reference publicly available pollinator abundance data with pollinators identified in CPC’s Pollinators of Rare Plants Database to identify rare plants with declining reproductive symbionts.


  • Undergraduate students currently enrolled at a four-year college or university
  • Recent graduates of a four-year university, who have completed coursework within the past 12 months

Preferred Qualifications

  • 400-level coursework in biology or botany
  • Proficiency with Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel
  • Familiarity through coursework or research with R or Python programming languages
  • An interest in learning new web interfaces and programming techniques

Fellowship Details & Expectations

The stipend for this fellowship is $7,200. Because housing, travel, and transportation is not provided, we encourage the application of students already based in southern California. The fellowship duration will be 12-weeks during summer 2022 – however, the start date is flexible depending on the candidate’s academic schedule. The summer fellow will be expected to work 40 hours a week on the project throughout the 12-week period during normal business hours (Monday-Friday). The summer fellow will be asked to work onsite at the CPC National Office (adjacent to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, CA) during their initial training (one-two weeks) and two-days a week thereafter (pending office safety regulations at the time). Access to the internet and a personal computer during the fellowship period is a perquisite.

CPC follows all COVID protocols as required by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, which are assessed and updated.

Application Materials

  • Curriculum Vitae or resume detailing research experience, relevant coursework, and GPA
  • One letter of recommendation from professor, TA, or employer
  • One page cover letter outlining research interests and professional goals

Application Submission: Send application materials with the subject line “CPC Summer Fellowship” to info@saveplants.org by February 16th, 2022. Candidates will be contacted for a short follow up interview in the following week and applicants will be notified of acceptance status by March 4th, 2022