Annual Conference Fellowships


To apply for a fellowship or grant:

  1. Review the fellowship descriptions below.
  2. Unless otherwise stated, you may submit your application online. Please note that only currently open fellowships will be listed.
  3. Recommenders may submit an online recommendation form.

Fellowships for Conference Attendees




2015 SAH International Travel Grant Program NEW!


Graduate students, session chairs, and speakers are NOT eligible to receive this travel grant support. 

In 2014, SAH will award between 12 and 15 grants to practicing historians of the built environment to attend the 2015 SAH Annual Conference in Chicago, April 15-19. The grants are reserved for scholars from countries that have traditionally been underrepresented at the SAH Annual Conference. Generously funded by the Getty Foundation, these grants will allow recipients to participate in the conference and build upon their professional network. Applications are now closed.

Keepers Preservation Education Fund Fellowship

Graduate students who are attending OR are presenting a paper at the 2015 Annual Conference may apply for this fellowship.

Established in 1989 by William J. Murtagh, the first Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places. One Fellowship of up to $1,000 annually supports the attendance of a graduate student in Historic Preservation at the SAH Annual Conference. Preference will be given to a graduate student whose paper has been accepted for delivery at the SAH Annual Conference. Applications for 2016 will be accepted from August 1-August 30, 2015.


Fellowships for Conference Speakers

These fellowships are for SAH members whose papers have already been accepted for delivery at the 2015 SAH Annual Conference. A single application will be applied towards any of the SAH fellowships for which you are eligible. Applications for 2016 will be accepted from August 1-August 30, 2015


Rosann S. Berry Fellowship

Established in 1982 to honor the former executive secretary of SAH whose leadership from 1955 to 1980 helped bring SAH to maturity. One fellowship of up to $1,000 annually supports the travel of an advanced graduate student member of SAH whose paper has been accepted for delivery at the SAH annual conference.

George R. Collins Fellowship

Created in 1993 by the family of George R. Collins to honor the distinguished career of the late architectural historian. One annual fellowship of up to $1,000 supports the travel of an international scholar (non-US Passport) whose paper on a nineteenth- or twentieth-century topic has been accepted for delivery at the SAH annual conference. Prior recipients of the Collins Fellowship are not eligible.

Spiro Kostof Fellowship

Created in 1998 by students and colleagues in memory of the influential urban and architectural historian, Spiro Kostof. One fellowship of up to $1,000 annually supports the travel of an advanced graduate student member of SAH whose paper has been accepted for delivery at the SAH annual conference.

SAH Annual Conference Graduate Student Fellowships

Created in 2000 by the SAH Executive Committee. Fellowships of up to $1,000 each support the attendance of advanced international graduate students whose papers have been accepted for delivery at the SAH annual conference. Research areas include Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as built environments world wide (other than Europe) from ancient times to the present.

SAH Annual Conference Independent Scholar Fellowship

Fellowships of up to $1,000 each supports the travel of an independent scholar whose paper has been accepted for delivery at the SAH annual conference. An independent scholar is anyone who conducts scholarly research outside universities and traditional academia.

SAH Annual Conference Senior Scholar Fellowships

The annual fellowships of up to $1,000 each support the travel of senior-level, international scholars whose papers have been accepted for delivery at the SAH annual conference. Research areas include Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as built environments world wide (other than Europe) from ancient times to the present.

Scott Opler Emerging Scholar Fellowships

Created in 2002 by a gift from the Scott Opler Foundation, the award honors the memory of the late historian of Renaissance art and architecture. Fellowships of up to $1,000 each support emerging scholars whose papers have been accepted for delivery at the SAH annual conference. Although not restricted by subject area, applicants must be an emerging scholar, a person who, regardless of age, is within five years of having received a terminal degree (PhD) in architectural history or a related discipline. The valid dates (emerging scholar) for the 2014 award is 2007-2012.

Scott Opler Graduate Student Fellowships

Created in 2002 by a gift from the Scott Opler Foundation, the award honors the memory of the late historian of Renaissance art and architecture. Fellowships of up to $1,000 each support the travel of advanced graduate students whose papers have been accepted for delivery at the SAH annual conference. Although not restricted by subject area, applicants must be advanced graduate students in the field of architectural history or a related discipline. 

SAH acknowledges the following foundations that provide financial support to speakers presenting at the Annual Conference:

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Travel Fellowship

Created in 2004 by the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation. One fellowship of $1,500 supports the travel of a speaker whose paper has been accepted for delivery at the SAH annual conference. The award is granted to the paper that is a positive focus on women in architecture.

Keepers Preservation Education Fund Fellowship

Established in 1989 by William J. Murtagh, the first Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places. One Fellowship of up to $1,000 annually supports the attendance of a graduate student in Historic Preservation at the SAH Annual Conference. Preference will be given to a graduate student whose paper has been accepted for delivery at the SAH Annual Conference. Graduate students who are attending OR are presenting a paper at the 2015 Annual Conference may apply for this fellowship.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowships

The fellowships of up to $1,000 each support the travel of international scholars at all levels whose papers have been accepted for delivery at the SAH annual conference. Research areas must be the built environment of Europe from ancient times to the nineteenth century.