SAH/Mellon Author Awards

Award Background

The SAH/Mellon Author Awards provide financial relief to scholars who are publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment. Through this grant, SAH will provide awards to scholars to help defray the high costs of image licensing and reproduction and the creation of original drawings and maps for monographs on the history of the built environment. Awards will be made once in 2014 and once in 2015 for print (hardcover, soft cover) and digital publications (eBook, DVD). Awardees will be selected on the basis of the quality and demonstrated financial need for their project. 

A similar award (Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award) for scholars publishing a first monograph on art history and visual studies is being administered by the College Art Association (CAA).Both the CAA and SAH awards will provide leading authors who are publishing their first monograph with the financial resources to acquire images for scholarly publications.

The SAH/Mellon Author Awards will be administered similarly to the guidelines, jury processes, and award procedures currently in place for CAA’s Millard Meiss Publication Fund grant. The SAH/Mellon Author Awards jury comprises distinguished mid-career and senior scholars who are members of SAH and whose specializations cover a broad range of scholarship on the built environment. The jury has discretion over the number of awardees and the size of the grant to be awarded, but a typical grant would be $5,000-$6,000. The grants will be made directly to authors.

SAH is grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for supporting this award.


The 2014 awards have closed. The 2015 awards will open on March 1, 2015.

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. For further information, please review the Application Guidelines and the Application Process, Schedule, and Checklist.

Questions? Please contact Beth Eifrig, SAH Assistant Director of Programs, or 312.573.1365.