The LEAF Fellowship

The Landscape Environment Advancement Foundation (LEAF) was founded in 2003, by Prof. Prabhakar B. Bhagwat. The organization undertakes research and publication in the areas of landscape design and environmental planning. Over the years, LEAF has increased its areas of exploration to developing city management matrices, governance and administration studies, urban generation and open space outreach efforts. It has also worked on a countrywide exhibition on landscape design – Tracing Narratives; an exhibition that explored the various facets of landscape design and its history in India.

Prof. Prabhakar B. Bhagwat
Professor Prabhakar B. Bhagwat, or Bade Sir as he was referred to by many, was born in 1930. He followed his father’s footsteps – Bhalchandra Vitthal Bhagwat, superintendent of the Empress Botanical Gardens in Pune. As a result of him growing up in the Botanical Gardens, he developed a natural affinity towards gardens, landscape, and plant material. Having completed his under-graduation from Poona Agricultural College, he went to Denmark and worked with C. Th. Sorenson. He became one of four students for a course in Landscape Design set up by Brian Hackett; in Newcastle upon Tyne. A professor and a practioner with a passion for plant material, he believed in discourse, and found value
in research.

He taught and started the first Landscape Design programme in India, at IIT Kharagpur, in the 50s, served as a Head of a Landscape Department at Delhi, founded the Landscape Design at CEPT university and was the founder of ISOLA (Indian Society of Landscape Architects). He was also awarded a membership of British Landscape Institute. After heading the Environmental Cell and teaching at NID for over a decade, he started his design studio in 1973, and it currently continues to lead in landscape and environmental design in the country.

In an effort to further expand the areas of research, LEAF is introducing a Research Grant. It hopes to further topics that were of interest to Prof. Prabhakar B. Bhagwat. The grant will be provided for issues related to landscape design, plant material, the portrayal of plants in literature, archaeology, ideas of sustainability and ecology. The timeline of the projects that will be funded will be for a period between eight to twelve months.


Dr. Deepak Apte
The Director for the Bombay Natural History Society, holds a Doctorate in Zoology with a specialisation in Marine Ecology. He has been awarded a fellowship in Marine Conservation by the Duke University, and is also a recipient of the prestigious Whitley Award, and the Whitley Continuation award for his work in Lakshwadeep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He is currently supervising large programmes including: Himalayas, Climate Change, Threatened species. He has been on the Board of various significant committees for the Government of India.

Prof. Dr. Iftikhar A. Khan
A professor with the Faculty of Arts at M. S. University, Baroda Prof. Khan has designed courses for the Department of History, some in the domain of Historical Sociology of pre-modern India. Europe and Islamic East. He completed his Master’s Degree in History, along with an M. Phil (History) from Aligarh Muslim University. He earned his doctoral degree from M. S. University.

Dr. Meghal Arya
An Associate Professor with CEPT University, Dr. Arya has taught design and history since 2000 and has been invited as guest professor at several international universities. She designs and curates faculty development workshops and has research interests in the spatial dimensions of water. She is partner in Arya Architects, an Ahmedabad based architectural practice that focuses on the design of public spaces.

Dr. Shrikant S. Bahulkar
The leading authority on the Atharvaveda, Dr. Bahulkar has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Sanskrit for over 30 years. His research and teaching focuses on Vedic Studies. Buddhist Studies, Ayurveda and Classical Sanskrit Literature. His Ph.D. research focused on Healing Practices in the Atharvaveda.

The Grant is open to all individuals who have a keen and demonstrated interest in research in the following fields and the manner in which they impact man and environment.
– Plant Material
– Landscape Design
– Botany
– Vedic Literature
– History
– Archaeology
– Ethno-Botany
– Ecology
– Sustainability

For this round, applications will be accepted till end of November 2018. Applicants will be contacted in December and will be required to start research by February 2019.


To apply for the Grant, and for more information, please visit our websites – www.landscapeindia.net or www.leaf-india.org. Please do download the application form provided on the websites. Alternatively, you can write to us at pbb-ahm@landscapeindia.net or info@leaf-india.org.