The Owen Fellowship – $20,000 Award for Longleaf Graduate Research

April 1, 2023

Now in its second round, The Owen Fellowship of The Longleaf Alliance is a two-year program offered in conjunction with the Biennial Longleaf Conference.

The Owen Fellowship aims to advance longleaf pine research through a $20,000 scholarship award for graduate students.

The 2024-25 recipient will attend the 2024 Biennial Longleaf Conference, conduct research related to longleaf pine conservation, management, or restoration, submit an article for publication in The Longleaf Leader, and present their research at the 2026 Biennial Longleaf Conference.

 -  Applicants must be a member of The Longleaf Alliance ($25 student rate).
 -  A proposal describing the research project and the specific funding needs (2-page, single-spaced maximum). Relevance of the research project to the protection, management, and range wide impact of the longleaf pine ecosystem must be clearly stated.
 -  Applicants must identify all other current funding for their research and justify the need for The Owen Fellowship Award. Salaries not supported. Biennial Longleaf Conference expenses are covered by TLA and William Owen. You may include participation in other conferences in your proposed budget.
 -  A curriculum vitae.
 -  A letter of support from the faculty advisor overseeing the research.
 -  An unofficial transcript.
 -  A high-resolution photo of the applicant.
 -  Brief project synopsis.

Applications for the 2024-25 Fellowship will be accepted September 1, 2023 through January 12, 2024, with interviews to follow.

About William Owen

Dr. William 'Bill' Owen is a professional musician, educator, and landowner in Virginia. Through his work on the Board of Directors of The Longleaf Alliance, he was inspired to endow a fellowship for advanced studies and research in the longleaf pine ecosystem. He hopes The Owen Fellowship will encourage the next generation of longleaf leaders.

For questions about the Fellowship, please contact Lynnsey Basala, Vice President for Development.