The Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), permits an architectural historian to work on a 12-week HABS project during the summer. The Fellow will either conduct research on a nationally significant building or site and prepare a written history to become part of the permanent HABS collection, or conduct research on a particular topic relating to architectural history in support of future HABS projects. The Fellow will be stationed in the field working in conjunction with a HABS measured drawings team, or in the HABS Washington, D.C. office. Recipients are also required to upload a minimum of 50 images to SAH’s SAHARA image database.


The award consists of a $10,000 stipend. The 2013 Tompkins award will be announced during the Society’s 66th Annual Meeting held in April in Buffalo, New York. The award also will be announced in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Newsletter of the Society after the presentation.


Applicants should be pursuing graduate studies in architectural history or other related fields.


Please submit the following by December 14, 2012 (postmark date) Please note earlier deadline:

  1. Resume
  2. College Transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  3. Letter of Recommendation from a faculty mamber or recent employer
  4. Writing Sample: a paper, not to exceed 40 pages, demonstrating primary research and a command of secondary sources, in architectural history or an aspect of the built environment. Do not send electronic files. The applicant must be the sole author.

Application should be submitted to:

James A. Jacobs, Coordinator
Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship
Heritage Documentation Programs
National Park Service (2270)
1201 Eye Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
TEL: (202) 354-2184
FAX: (202) 371-6473

NOTE: Applicants are encouraged to submit a separate application for summer historian positions with HABS/HAER/HALS.


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