H. Allen Brooks Traveling Fellowship awards $50,000 to study by travel for a year


Fellowship Description


The Society of Architectural Historians’ prestigious H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship will be offered for 2014 and will allow a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. The fellowship is not for the purpose of doing research for an advanced academic degree. Instead, Prof. Brooks intended the recipient to study by travel and contemplation while observing, reading, writing, or sketching.

The goals are to provide an opportunity for a recent graduate with an advanced degree or an emerging scholar to

  1. see and experience architecture and landscapes firsthand
  2. think about their profession deeply
  3. acquire knowledge useful for the recipient’s future work, contribution to their profession and contribution to society

The fellowship recipient may travel to any country or countries during the one-year period. This fellowship is funded completely by the Society of Architectural Historians’ H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship Fund.


The Award

In 2014 the Brooks Fellowship will be $50,000 and will cover expenses incurred by the Brooks Fellow for one year of travel. The award is non-renewable and award amounts may vary in future years. SAH suggests that if additional financial support is needed to cover other related expenses, that the applicants contact their respective university/college, academic advisor, department head, employer or outside foundations to investigate the financial opportunities afforded them. The Award will be paid in quarterly installments.

2014 Schedule

 April 1, 2014  Application Period Opens
 October 1, 2014  Application Period Closes at 11:59 pm Central US time
 October 2 – Nov. 15, 2014  Jury Deliberations
 December 1, 2014  Award Announced
 January 1, 2015  Travel may begin as soon as this date


Criteria for Application

The H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship is open to a scholar who will earn a PhD or advanced terminal degree in the first half of 2014 (by June 30,2014) or an emerging scholar who was awarded a PhD or advanced terminal degree in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 or 2009 in a field related to the built environment. Such degrees include PhDs in the history, theory or criticism of architecture, landscape architecture, or urbanism; historic preservation; the practice of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning; or other fields of advanced study related to the built environment including an M.Arch, MUP, MLA or a Masters in Historic Preservation program. Priority will be given to those whose chosen profession is relevant to the interests and objectives of the Society of Architectural Historians, i.e., the history of the built environment, historic preservation, conservation, and social implications of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism.

The Fellowship is intended to be a special honor for the recipient and is to be awarded to a truly outstanding candidate, based on distinguished academic achievement, leadership potential, personal motivation and promise. This is an international fellowship so candidates from any country may apply.  All applicants must be current members of the Society of Architectural Historians. The Brooks Fellowship will be selected by the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship Committee which is appointed by the President of SAH.

Reporting Requirements

The Brooks Fellowship recipient will be expected to keep an online journal by posting at least once per month to a blog on the SAH website. The blog will document the fellow’s travels in text and images, including photographs, video, drawings or other media. This record will be used by the SAH office to approve payment distribution. One payment of $12,000 will be made at the beginning of the fellowship and three subsequent payments of $12,000 each will made throughout the year. A final payment of $2000 will be made upon the submission of an SAH eNewsletter article reflecting upon the fellowship recipient’s travel (see below).

Fellowship recipients will write a summary article for the SAH Newsletter (1000-2000 words) that documents their travel, explains how the fellowship contributed to the recipient’s understanding of the built environment and details how they anticipate the fellowship will influence their future work. While travelling or shortly thereafter, the fellowship recipient also will be expected to upload images to SAHARA, the SAH shared image archive. The recommended number of images to upload is 500. Upon their return, fellowship recipients will make themselves available to their local SAH chapter, should the chapter wish to hear a presentation about the fellowship year.

Application Details
Deadline for Application is October 1, 2014.


Applicants must be current members of SAH. To renew or join click hereTo apply, follow the instructions at the top of this page. In the application you will be asked to provide:

  • A statement (in English, 1000 words max) that details
    • The applicant’s academic and career goals.
    • What the applicant hopes to achieve intellectually during the fellowship period.
    • How this fellowship will advance the applicant’s academic interests and will make a difference in their professional work.
  • A travel proposal outlining travel sites and buildings or landscapes in those sites. Submitting a Google map outlining the sites would be a plus.
  • A proposed budget for the fellowship year.
  • A two-page writing sample.
  • Proof of terminal degree and date (photocopy of diploma), see above criteria.
  • Curriculum vitae (5 pages maximum)
  • Five representative photographs taken by the applicant (low res).

Also required are:

Two recommendations submitted by October 1, 2014.

Recommendations should be submitted by thesis advisors or individuals who can critically assess the applicant’s academic and/or professional work. Recommenders will be asked to assess the applicant’s intellectual curiosity, scholarly ability, and potential to benefit from the Fellowship. They also will be asked to provide evidence of applicant’s distinguished academic achievement, leadership potential and personal motivation.

Send this page to your recommenders and ask that they complete step 3 at the top of this page.

To apply for a fellowship or grant:

  1. Review the fellowship description below.
  2. Applications may be submitted through the SAH Website. Click here to access the online applications for fellowships.
  3. Submitting a recommendation? Click here to fill out the recommendation form.

About H. Allen Brooks

The H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship was created by a 2010 bequest from noted scholar and architectural historian, H. Allen Brooks. As a person who benefited greatly by taking a grand tour of Europe after he was awarded his PhD in 1957, Brooks decided to create fellowships at several institutions to afford others the same opportunity to learn through travel. In addition to the H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship offered by SAH, there are now fellowships named in his honor at two of his alma maters—Yale and Dartmouth Universities—and at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Brooks, an active member of the SAH leadership and a Professor of Architectural History at University of Toronto for decades, is best known for his groundbreaking 1972 book, The Prairie School: Frank Lloyd Wright and His Midwest Contemporaries, which is still in print today. In 1973 Brooks received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on Le Corbusier which resulted in the 1997 book, Le Corbusier’s Formative Years. This was followed by several books in the thirty-two-volume Le Corbusier Archive which included all the original drawings at the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris. In his lifetime Brooks traveled and lectured extensively all over the world and his final wish was to enable the most outstanding PhDs and design professionals to learn about and develop a passion for the built environment through first-hand experience.

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