FITCH FELLOWSHIPS:
Now Accepting Applications for 2021 Funding


Since 1989, the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation has been in the vanguard of historic preservation practice and theory. The mission of the Fitch Foundation is to support professionals in the field of historic preservation, and to achieve this we provide mid-career grants to those working in preservation, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, decorative arts, architectural design and architectural history.

Applications for 2021 funding are now being accepted. Applications must be submitted by November 6, 2020, 11PM EST.

 With questions, please contact Cristiana Peña at cpena@fitchfoundation.org.

The Robert Silman Award will be presented biennially to an engineer, architect, or other design professional in a related field for a proposal exploring the preservation, restoration, or adaptive reuse of the built environment, in the spirit of Robert Silman. The proposal may focus on a real project or it may be a polemical exercise; in either case, originality is highly valued. The proposal need not be directly related to structural design, although reference to structural elements within a given project and/or the interaction of structure with related fields will be valued. The proposal must advance the art and practice of preservation in the United States. The product can be graphic, text-based or a combination of both and must be able to be shared with the preservation community. The award is for a sum not to exceed $15,000.


Criteria for Evaluation

Applications are reviewed by the Fitch Trustees. Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria and conditions of eligibility:

  • A demonstrated need for the proposed study and evidence of its value to advance the practice of historic preservation in the United States.
  • The applicant has a realistic plan for the dissemination of research and/or the final work product within twenty-four (24) months of receipt of the Award. Modes of dissemination include papers; lectures; conferences; presentations; or exhibitions.
  • The project has a clear and realistic goals, timeframe, work plan, and budget.
  • The project demonstrates innovative thinking, original research and creative problem solving and/or design.
  • Projects that lean towards research and proposals that lead to positive impacts among underrepresented communities will be valued.


Eligibility

Grants are awarded only to individuals, not organizations or university-sponsored research projects. Grants are not awarded for professional fees.

The applicant must be in a preservation-related field, such as engineering, architecture, historic preservation, landscape architecture, urban design, archaeology, architectural history, advocacy, resiliency design, economics, and preservation law.

Applicants must be legal residents or citizens of the United States.


How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • Cover page, including Project Title; Name of Applicant(s), including primary contact person; Applicant Address; Phone; Email. Also, please specify for which grant you are applying; specify the amount of grant money requested.
  • Brief description of project, including how the final work product will be disseminated. Applicants are encouraged to be succinct and the description is not to exceed three (3) pages.
  • Detailed work schedule and project budget, showing the grant amount requested from the Fitch Foundation and how this money will be spent.
  • Curriculum Vita, including professional and academic background, and past and present grants received.
  • Two (2) letters of support for the project to be included with the application. These may be emailed directly to Foundation staff (cpena@fitchfoundation.org) or submitted as part of a complete package.


Selection Process & Completion of Grant

Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation. Recipients will be notified by mail in the Spring of 2021. Projects must be completed within twenty-four (24) months of the grant award. All grantees will be assigned a Trustee advisor who will provide feedback and guidance throughout the project.

Typically, grant awards are divided into equal payments, the first being presented upon the award of the grant. Substantial written progress reports are required for all subsequent payments. The final payment is awarded only upon completion of the project.

The Foundation shall be acknowledged in all publications. The Trustees reserve the right to publish the results if the recipient does not. The grant recipient must sign a release to the Foundation permitting such publication. Proper credit will be given to the grant recipient.

Fitch Mid-Career Fellow: Research grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded one or more mid-career professionals who have an academic background, professional experience and an established identity in one or more of the following fields: historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, architectural history and the decorative arts. The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation will consider proposals for the research and/or the execution of the preservation-related projects in any of these or other allied fields.


Criteria for Evaluation
Applications are reviewed by the Fitch Trustees. Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria: 

  • The project will make a meaningful contribution to the academic and/or professional field of historic preservation in the United States 
  • The applicant has a realistic plan for the dissemination of research and/or final work product 
  • The project has clear and realistic goals, timeframe, work plan, and budget 
  • The project demonstrates innovative thinking, original research and creative problem solving and/or design

 
Eligibility

  • Grants are awarded only to individuals, not organizations. The Foundation does not fund university-sponsored research projects or dissertation research. 
  • Applicants must be mid-career professionals in historic preservation or related fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, architectural conservation, urban design, environmental planning, archaeology, architectural history, and the decorative arts.
  • Applicants must be legal residents or citizens of the United States. 

 Please email us with any questions concerning criteria for evaluation or project eligibility.


How to Apply
Applicants are required to submit the following materials AS ONE PDF DOCUMENT.

  1. Cover page, including Project Title; Name of Applicant(s), including primary contact person; Applicant Address; Phone; Email; and the amount of grant money requested.
  2. Brief description of project, including how the final work product will be disseminated. Applicants are encouraged to be succinct and the description is not to exceed three (3) pages.
  3. Detailed work schedule and project budget, showing the grant amount requested from the Fitch Foundation and how this money will be spent.
  4. Curriculum Vita, including professional and academic background, and past and present grants received. 
  5. Two (2) letters of support for the project to be included with the application.

PLEASE SUBMIT ALL MATERIALS AS ONE PDF DOCUMENT.

Selection Process & Completion of Grant
Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation. Recipients will be notified by e-mail in the Spring of 2020. Projects must be completed within twelve (12) months of the grant award. All grantees will be assigned a Trustee advisor who will provide feedback and guidance throughout the project.

Typically, grant awards are divided into equal payments, the first being presented upon the award of the grant. Substantial written progress reports are required for all subsequent payments. The final payment is awarded only upon completion of the project.

The Foundation shall be acknowledged in all publications. The Trustees reserve the right to publish the results if the recipient does not. The grant recipient must sign a release to the Foundation permitting such publication. Proper credit will be given to the grant recipient.

The Samuel H. Kress Mid-Career Fellowship: Research grants of up to $15,000 may be awarded to a mid-career professional whose research project relates to the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of European art, architecture and related disciplines from antiquity to the early 19th century, in the context of historic preservation in the United States. Potential Kress Fellow projects could include the exploration of shared European and American influences in style, design, materials, construction techniques, building types, conservation and interpretation methodologies, philosophical and theoretical attitudes, and other factors applicable to preservation in both Europe and America. Review the website of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation before applying.

Criteria for Evaluation
Applications are reviewed by the Fitch Trustees and recommended to the Kress Foundation for funding consideration. Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The project will make a meaningful contribution to the academic and/or professional field of historic preservation in the United States
  • The applicant has a realistic plan for the dissemination of research and/or final work product 
  • The project has clear and realistic goals, timeframe, work plan, and budget 
  • The project demonstrates innovative thinking, original research and creative problem solving and/or design
  • The project complies with guidelines as presented on the Kress Foundation's website

 
Eligibility
It is strongly recommended that prospective applicants review the Kress Foundation website prior to applying, to better understand the possible relevance of their research to the Kress Foundation's areas of interest. Below are the terms of eligibility for Samuel H. Kress Fellowship:

  • Grants are awarded only to individuals, not organizations. The Foundation does not fund university-sponsored research projects or dissertation research. 
  • Applicants must be mid-career professionals in historic preservation or related fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, architectural conservation, urban design, environmental planning, archaeology, architectural history, and the decorative arts.
  • Applicants must be legal residents or citizens of the United States. 

 Please email us with any questions concerning criteria for evaluation or project eligibility.


How to Apply
It is strongly recommended that prospective applicants review the Kress Foundation website to better understand the possible relevance of their research to the Kress Foundation's areas of interest. Applicants are required to submit the following materials AS ONE PDF DOCUMENT.

  1. Cover page, including Project Title; Name of Applicant(s), including primary contact person; Applicant Address; Phone; Email; and the amount of grant money requested.
  2. Brief description of project, including how the final work product will be disseminated. Applicants are encouraged to be succinct and the description is not to exceed three (3) pages. You must make clear your project's relevance to both the Fitch Foundation and the Kress Foundation.
  3. Detailed work schedule and project budget, showing the grant amount requested from the Fitch Foundation and how this money will be spent.
  4. Curriculum Vitae, including professional and academic background, and past and present grants received. 
  5. Two (2) letters of support for the project to be included with the application.

PLEASE SUBMIT ALL MATERIALS AS ONE PDF DOCUMENT.

Selection Process & Completion of Grant
The Fitch Foundation will select one applicant as its recommendation to the Kress Foundation for potential funding; ultimate decision-making is that of the Kress Foundation. Recipients will be notified by e-mail in the Spring of 2020. Projects must be completed within twelve (12) months of the grant award, except when the Trustees approve an extension. All grantees will be assigned a Trustee advisor who will provide feedback and guidance throughout the project. 

Typically, grant awards are divided into equal payments, the first being presented upon the award of the grant. Substantial written progress reports are required for all subsequent payments. The final payment is awarded only upon completion of the project. 

The Foundation shall be acknowledged in all publications. The Trustees reserve the right to publish the results if the recipient does not. The grant recipient must sign a release to the Foundation permitting such publication. Proper credit will be given to the grant recipient.

James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation