The Harvard University Herbaria include six collections and more than five million specimens of algae, bryophytes, fungi, and vascular plants. Together they form one of the largest university herbarium collections in the world, and the third largest herbarium in the United States. With their state-of-the art research laboratories and world class libraries, the HUH have been a centerpiece of biodiversity science since the early 1800s.

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Featured Collection - Arnold Arboretum

Arnold Arboretum
Contains approximately 1.5 million specimens, especially strong in material from the Indo-Malesian region (India to the Philippines and Papuasia), China, Japan and eastern, and southeastern Asia.

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Research Funding Opportunities

The Harvard University Herbaria awards small grants for research in plant, fungal, and algal biodiversity to non-Harvard researchers wishing to travel to the Herbaria. The next application deadline is 15 Oct 2019.

We are currently accepting applications for a 2-year fellowship in plant and/or fungal science. We especially seek outstanding early-career scientists and collections professionals who see new opportunities and innovations for collections-based research. The application deadline is 15 Nov 2019.

We are also currently accepting applications for a 1-year fellowship for research on and curation of the collections at the Farlow HerbariumThe successful candidate will have a research program involving collection-based taxonomy and/or systematics in groups represented in the Farlow collection and a strong interest in the curation and stewardship of these world-renowned collections. The application deadline is 15 Nov 2019.

For more details about these programs, and all our funding opportunites, click here.