SAH Announces Two New Dissertation Awards

by SAH News | May 12, 2020

The Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to announce two new award opportunities benefitting both PhD candidates in the research phase of their doctoral studies and PhDs who have recently completed their dissertations.

The Gill Family Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Gill Family Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship supports dissertation research in the field of architectural history and related areas including, but not limited to, the history of interiors, landscapes, urbanism, architectural theory, and architectural criticism by doctoral students whose work has potential to impact discourse in the field. The recipient will receive a $5,000 fellowship to be used for dissertation expenses including travel, accommodations, fees, and other related needs and expenses of research. SAH will ask doctoral program department leaders to nominate a candidate from their program, and SAH will invite the nominee to apply for the fellowship. Applications for the 2021 award cycle will open on June 1, 2020, and close on July 31, 2020.

The dissertation research fellowship is part of a second multi-year grant SAH received from the Gill Family Foundation to provide a wide range of resources to SAH’s graduate student members, as well as non-member graduate students who utilize the SAH website. The grant has provided fellowships for graduate students to participate in the SAH Annual International Conference and has funded conference programming designed for graduate students, including workshops, roundtables, Graduate Student Lightning Talks, and events, as well as non-conference programming and resources offering professional development and opportunities for graduate students to network with and learn from senior scholars.

SAH is grateful to the Gill Family Foundation for its ongoing support of the organization and for its focus on creating new opportunities for the next generation of leaders in the field of architectural history and the built environment.

The SAH David B. Brownlee Dissertation Award

In April 2018 three former students of David Brownlee approached the SAH president and the SAH executive director with the desire to establish a new award that would honor the distinguished career of David B. Brownlee, the Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. The Award recognizes his impact as a scholar, teacher, and mentor to the many doctoral students he advised and influenced during his career at Penn. Brownlee's former and current students pledged their financial support to establish the Award and provided initial funding. Donations to the SAH David B. Brownlee Dissertation Award may be made at sah.org/donate.

The SAH David B. Brownlee Dissertation Award will recognize the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of architectural history, commendable for its thorough primary research, original analysis, and exceptional writing. In recognition of Professor Brownlee’s wide-ranging interests, there is no geographical or chronological limitation placed on the subject, but the dissertation must be originally written in English (no translations). Eligible dissertations will have been completed during the two years prior to the submission date. The SAH David B. Brownlee Dissertation Award is comprised of a framed certificate and citation, along with a stipend up to $1,000 designated for the recipient to travel to the SAH Annual International Conference to receive the Award. There will be one award recipient per year. Applications for the 2021 award cycle will open on June 1, 2020, and close on July 31, 2020. 

The recipients of the Gill Family Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship and the SAH David B. Brownlee Dissertation Award will be announced at the SAH Annual International Conference and documented in the SAH Newsletter and the September issue of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH).




Founded in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is an international nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national and international programs.
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