Annual Conference Fellowships

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The Society of Architectural Historians will award approximately $40,000 in 2023 Annual Conference Fellowships to speakers and session chairs who are graduate students, emerging scholars, international speakers, independent scholars, or work in historic preservation. Each fellowship award is up to $1,000 and is a reimbursable stipend to be used to offset costs of conference registration and travel, lodging, and meals directly related to the conference. 

How to Apply


Submit one application online. Your single application will be considered for all fellowships for which you are eligible. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2022. Fellowship recipients will be notified by December 1, 2022.

To apply you will need:

  1. Statement of Purpose that explains how this fellowship will advance your academic interests and make a difference in your professional work. One page, 500 words max.
  2. Current CV (3 pages max) in Word or PDF format
  3. One Recommendation - Recommender must submit using this form.

Fellowship recipients must submit a minimum of 25 annotated images to SAHARA to receive their reimbursable stipend. You may submit any images of the built environment for which you own the copyright. Images do not need to relate to your current research or the annual conference location.

Questions? Contact us at fellowships@sah.org.

Fellowship Opportunities


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 International Conference.

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 International 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 International 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 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 International Conference. Although not restricted by subject area, applicants must be advanced graduate students in the field of architectural history or a related discipline.  

Graduate Student Lightning Talks Volunteer Opportunity
SAH offers presenters of the Graduate Student Lightning Talks the opportunity to volunteer a minimum of six work hours during the conference. In return they will receive a refund of their student conference registration fee. Registration and payment are required, and if the criteria have been met, the graduate student will receive a reimbursement for the student registration fee after the conference has concluded. SAH membership fees are not included in the reimbursement. 

SAH Chapter Fellowships for Graduate Students
These fellowships are administered by SAH chapters and support travel to the SAH Annual International Conference. Please contact the chapter for more information.

George B. Tatum Annual International Conference Fellowship
Philadelphia Chapter SAH

SAH Annual International Conference Fellowship
Southeast Chapter SAH

Robert B. Rettig Student Annual Meeting Fellowship
New England Chapter SAH

Latrobe Chapter Annual Conference Fellowship
Latrobe Chapter SAH

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 International 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 2023 award are 2017 through July 2022.

SAH Chapter Fellowships for Emerging Scholars
These fellowships are administered by SAH chapters and support travel to the SAH Annual International Conference. Please contact the chapter for more information.

SAH Annual International Conference Fellowship
Southeast Chapter SAH

Robert B. Rettig Student Annual Meeting Fellowship
New England Chapter SAH

Latrobe Chapter Annual Conference Fellowship
Latrobe Chapter SAH

SAH Annual Conference Independent Scholar Fellowships
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 International Conference. An independent scholar is anyone who conducts scholarly research outside universities and traditional academia.

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 International Conference. Prior recipients of the Collins Fellowship are not eligible.

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 International Conference. A senior scholar is defined as having received their PhD more than five years ago. Research areas include Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as built environments worldwide (other than Europe) from ancient times to the present.

Keepers Preservation Education Fund Fellowship
Established in 1989 by William J. Murtagh, the first Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places. Fellowships of up to $1,000 annually support the attendance of scholars, practicing professionals and others in the Historic Preservation field at the SAH Annual International Conference. Applicants must be US residents. Preference will be given to those whose paper has been accepted for delivery at the conference.

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