The Graduate Student Research Fellowship, established in 2018, is intended to assist graduate students in architectural history or historic preservation conduct research for their thesis or dissertation. The Fellowship awards $1000 to offset research-related expenses and travel.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be members of SESAH to be eligible. To join SESAH or renew a membership, visit this link.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Masters or PhD program in architectural history or historic preservation or a similar program at a college or university located in the twelve-state geographic region embraced by SESAH (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia). All applications will be considered, but preference will be given to applicants whose thesis or dissertation topic explores the architectural history of the SESAH geographic region.

Requirements for Recipients

Recipients must submit a report on the use of the funds within one year of receiving the fellowship. They are also encouraged to present their research and project studies as part of the SESAH conference and to submit the results of their research for publication in Arris. Recipients should also acknowledge the fellowship in their completed thesis or dissertation.

Call for Applications

SESAH invites applications for its 2022 Graduate Student Research Fellowship.

The deadline for applications: EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 4, 2022

Applications should include the following materials in pdf:

  1. statement (not to exceed one page, typed and double-spaced) describing the research topic/objective 
  2. proposed budget to include research-related costs such as travel expenses to libraries, archives or research sites, archival/research fees, images, etc.
  3. curriculum vitae
  4. letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor or principal professor.  Provide contact information (name, email address, telephone number) for the referring faculty.

All submissions should be sent via email to the chair of the Graduate Student Research Fellowship Committee:
          Philip Herrington, James Madison University,