The Graduate Student Research Fellowship, established in 2018, assists one graduate student in architectural history or historic preservation in conducting research for their thesis or dissertation each year. The Fellowship awards $1,500 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 graduate program in architectural history or historic preservation or a similar program at a college or university located in the SESAH member states (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 South and SESAH’s twelve member states.

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 2024 Graduate Student Research Fellowship.

Deadline for applications: April 1, 2024

Applications should include the following materials compiled in a single pdf:

  1. A statement (not to exceed 500 words) describing the research topic/objective.
  2. A proposed budget including research-related costs such as travel expenses to libraries, archives, or research sites; archival/research fees; and image reproduction or usage fees.
  3. A curriculum vitae.
  4. The name of one reference (preferably the primary faculty advisor or thesis director) with an email address. Please note the reference’s institution, position (job title), and relationship to the applicant.

All submissions should be sent via email to the chair of the Graduate Student Research Fellowship Committee:

Philip Herrington, James Madison University

Fellowship recipients will receive notification of their award by May 4, 2024.