TCLF Accepting Summer 2017 Fellowship Applications

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TCLF Accepting Summer 2017 Fellowship Applications

TCLF Accepting Summer 2017 Fellowship Applications
Feb 10, 2017

TCLF is now accepting applications for this year’s Sally Boasberg Founder’s Fellowship, a paid fellowship that includes housing. This is a chance to work at TCLF’s office in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood and learn valuable skills related to the research and documentation of – and advocacy for—cultural landscapes.

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Sally Boasberg (second from right) and Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (in red) at the Donnell Garden - Photo by Charles A. Birnbaum, 2007

Established in 2012, the Fellowship honors the late Sarah S. (Sally) Boasberg, a founding member of TCLF’s Board of Directors, who had a profound appreciation of the relevancy of design and an encyclopedic knowledge of plants. Sally and her husband Tersh were instrumental in the formation of TCLF, helping to pen the Articles of Incorporation in 1997 and remaining active as the Foundation evolved. Tersh remains an ardent supporter of TCLF by generously providing housing for the Fellow at his home in Northwest Washington, D.C. where Sally’s beloved gardens remain a delightful inspiration. Read more about Sally’s life and legacy here

Open to graduate students and recent alumni interested in the built environment, the paid summer fellowship runs for six to eight weeks and provides a range of opportunities designed to provide a productive and educational experience. The Fellow will work alongside TCLF’s president and CEO Charles A. Birnbaum and the rest of the staff on important initiatives such as What’s Out There, Landslide, and Pioneers. The work will be an engaging mix of research and content development spanning TCLF’s ongoing work and the Fellow’s own personal and professional interests.

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Boasberg Garden, designed by Sarah S. Boasberg - Photo by Barrett Doherty, 2014

If you or someone you know is passionate about cultural landscapes and landscape architecture, the 2017 Sally Boasberg Founder’s Fellowship is an exceptional opportunity. The paid Fellowship includes housing and requires a minimum six week commitment through the summer. Start dates are flexible. Please send a resumes, cover letter, and writing samples to Eleanor Cox at eleanor@tclf.org. Please note in your application package if you have a particular skillset centered on research, writing, or photo-editing. Writing samples may include short essays on designers or landscapes, inventory forms, or research papers. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017. Read more about the application requirements here.


TCLF is also accepting applications for two paid Cultural Landscapes Fellowships. Developed in partnership with landscape architectural firms storrow|kinsella and TBG, these full-time positions will be conducted on-site in Indianapolis and San Antonio. Housing is not included. 

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San Antonio River Walk, San Antonio, TX - Photo by Larry D. Moore, 2013

The Fellowships will focus on research, writing, and photography in support of TCLF’s What’s Out There Weekend programs in Indianapolis and San Antonio, part of TCLF’s What’s Out There free, searchable, and authoritative online database of the nation’s designed landscapes. Specific tasks will include generating and editing essays on regional cultural landscapes and landscape architects, on-site photography, and photo editing. Excellent writing skills and attention to detail are essential. The fellows would work for six to eight weeks, and will hosted and mentored by the principals and staff at storrow|kinsella in Indianapolis and TBG in San Antonio, engaging directly with the firm and remotely with Washington, D.C.-based TCLF staff.

Required Skills

  • Excellent writing and editing;
  • Research – archives and other primary source material, books, and online;
  • A good photographic eye;
  • Photoshop experience;
  • Experience with or knowledge of landscape architecture and its history.
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Indianapolis War Memorial, Indianapolis, IN - Photo by Charles A. Birnbaum, 2014

Application Details

Submissions: Cover letter and resume are required, as well as a brief writing sample consisting of two pages or less- ideally a paper or essay about a designed landscape or landscape architect. Portfolio is not required.

Compensation Details: $15/hour, full time. It is the responsibility of the Fellows to procure housing. Local candidates are encouraged.

Education Requirements: Student or recent graduate in Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, or related field.

Application materials are due by Friday, March 31, 2017.

Please send application materials, questions, or comments to eleanor@tclf.org.