Charles E. Peterson Fellowship

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Charles E. Peterson Fellowship of the Buildings of the United States and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

A joint program with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to offer an annual fellowship that will support the participation of a graduate student in the research and writing for a volume in the Buildings of the United States (BUS) series.

This fellowship was established in 2008 in honor of Charles E. Peterson, FAIA, founder of the Historic American Buildings Survey. The recipient will research some aspect of American architecture prior to 1860, which he/she may choose from a list of topics provided by authors of forthcoming BUS books.

The prize will be presented at the Society’s annual meeting in April and will be announced in the SAH Newsletter following the meeting. Criteria for Application The fellowship is intended for students currently enrolled in graduate programs in art or architectural history, theory or criticism, architectural design, urban planning, historic preservation, American studies, or related disciplines.

Preference will be given to SAH members. Applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of BUS editors and Athenaeum staff. Applicants must submit the following :

  • Cover letter discussing their research interests and professional goals CV or résumé
  • Brief writing sample (5-10 pages)
  • Letter of recommendation from an advisor or principal professor
  • Membership in the Society of Architectural Historians is not required, but strongly recommended.
  • The Award The committee will award the fellowship by January 31, 2011, at which time the recipient will choose from the pre-defined list of available topics.
  • The fellowship grant of $2,000 will be contingent upon the recipient’s completion of the project, which is expected to require no more than 100 hours of work.

Scholarship Deadline for Charles E. Peterson Fellowship : January 2,  2011