Applications to the SAH/Mellon Author Awards will be considered only for book-length, scholarly manuscripts on architectural history and the history of the built environment that are currently under contract with a publisher. Awards are made solely in support of image acquisition or creation, such as for reimbursement of costs for the reproduction and licensing of images in print and digital formats or the creation of original artwork such as drawings or maps. This award does not
cover new photography.
Successful applicants will be first-time book authors who are under contract with a publisher for a manuscript on the history of the built environment.
Applications are judged within the following parameters: (1) support will be for scholars who are publishing their first monograph (2) funds are for reimbursement or anticipated expenses for rights and reproductions; and (3) books must be under contract with a publisher.
Additional criteria for making awards include: contribution or importance to the field; significance and clarity of argument in submitted abstract and text sample; effective use of illustrations; depth of research and completeness of bibliography; and clarity of writing. Excellence within these criteria is the guiding principal for determining awards; however, an author will not receive an award without demonstration of image-acquisition or creation costs.
Awards are open to authors of all nations; however, applications must be submitted in English.
Authors can be under contract with commercial or nonprofit publishers. Self-published books are not eligible.
Books covering all periods and areas in the history of architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and related subjects are eligible, except for those about art history and visual studies (see below). Excavation or other technical reports, articles, previously published works (including collections of previously published essays), or congress proceedings are not eligible.
The author will have received a PhD and must submit proof and date of PhD and current professional standing.
The author must be a current member of SAH.
A project that has been rejected for a grant may not be resubmitted.
Deadline and Schedule Completed applications must be received at the SAH office no later than June 1, 2015
. Awards are made in July, and authors will receive notification of awards within four to six weeks.
Application materials, including the Author’s Form
and Publisher’s Form
, must be submitted to SAH with the additional materials in the Application Checklist
. The author is responsible for requesting information from the publisher and ensuring that the publisher submits the Publisher’s Form and reader’s reports to SAH.
In addition to the material submitted by the publisher, the author provides proof of PhD and current professional standing, response to reader’s reports supplied by the publisher, a complete list of images, sources, rights requested and obtained, and costs per image as a basis, and individual portions of the manuscript itself. Please see the checklist for more information.
The author is responsible for submitting the primary material for the application, including the Author’s Form, a complete list of images, sources, rights requested and obtained, and costs per image, and materials from the manuscript itself. The author is also responsible for requesting and confirming submission of several components of the application from the publisher, including the Publisher’s Form
and two or more reader's reports.
The author ensures all materials listed in the checklist below are sent as separate email attachments to Beth Eifrig, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications submitted solely by publishers or for production support will not be accepted. Publishers may submit an application for production costs for the same title to the Millard Meiss Publication Fund
Chris Higgins, SAH Program Coordinator, email@example.com