• Left: Park ranger with World’s Columbian Exposition photo album. NPS photo. Right: Otter Creek grade separation, Acadia National Park. Plan 9138A-124-sh2. Courtesy NPS, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

FELLOWSHIP
Beveridge Fellowship
2021 Call for Entries

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CALL FOR ENTRIES
Charles E. Beveridge 2021 Research Fellowship
Supporting research and projects
utilizing the Olmsted Archives at
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

BACKGROUND

The Charles E. Beveridge Research Fellowship honors the eminent scholar, Charles E. Beveridge, Series Editor of The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, and devoted friend of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and its archives and collections. The award will be made annually directly to one or more selected recipients.

PURPOSE

The Beveridge Fellowship supports research and projects utilizing the Olmsted Archives at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site and the continued development of scholarship related to the Olmsted legacy.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Students and professionals engaged in art or architectural history, landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, engineering, American studies, or related disciplines.

AWARD

The Fellowship consists of a stipend (up to $3,000). There may be more than one award in a given year.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants currently enrolled in graduate academic and professional programs, or who have completed their studies, are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to emerging professionals. Public agencies may also apply to broaden the understanding of the Olmsted legacy at the state, regional, and municipal level. The Fellowship cannot be used to supplement fees associated with commercial, for-profit contracts. The research project must utilize the Olmsted Archives at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site; other related repositories may also be helpful. For example, the Library of Congress contains the majority of the Olmsted firm’s correspondence and Harvard’s Loeb Library has an extensive collection related to John Charles Olmsted.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Awardees will be selected based on the proposed project and the extent to which proposed research utilizes the range of resources in the Olmsted Archives. Research proposals related to the entire body of work of the Olmsted firm (1857-1979) will be accepted. The Beveridge Research Award jury is composed of Friends of Fairsted board members and representatives from the National Park Service.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

No more than three months after completing the research project supported by the Beveridge Fellowship, the awardee will submit a brief report to the Friends of Fairsted summarizing their work and how the funds were spent. The awardee may also be asked to participate in a webinar or write a short article to present their project to the National Park Service and Friends of Fairsted.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For more information on the Friends of Fairsted and the Beveridge Fellowship, please see the Friends of Fairsted website. Information on the Olmsted Archives, as well as related repositories, can be found at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site website.

Please note that the COVID-19 public health crisis may limit Fairsted archive staff access to materials and in-person visits by the awardee as well as delaying response from the Friends.

APPLICATION DETAILS

Prior to completing the online application, have the following items ready for upload. Please notify your Recommender well in advance to ensure that your recommendation is received by the deadline. Note that each upload should be in pdf format and limited to 64MB per file.

Applications are submitted online through the Friends’ Fellowship portal.
Upload your application.

ITEMS TO INCLUDE:

  1. Contact information of applicant: Name, mailing address, telephone/cell, and email.
  2. Cover letter (suggested 1,000 word limit) containing the following:
    • Description of the proposed research project including goals, objectives, methodology, and final product;
    • Archival material that will be used;
    • Explanation of how this project advances the applicant’s educational, personal, or professional goals;
  3. CV or resumé
  4. Contact Information for Recommender*

* Letter of Recommendation from an advisor or principal professor is required and submitted separately by the Recommender directly to fellowship@friendsoffairsted.org. Note that professionals may choose an allied professional, government or institutional official, or other relevant individual who can speak to the applicant’s interests and capabilities.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2021
NOTIFICATION TO APPLICANTS: June 1, 2021
QUESTIONS:
Contact Friends of Fairsted by email: fellowship@friendsoffairsted.org.

Charles Eliot Beveridge, PhD, is the preeminent scholar and expert on the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted. He is Series Editor of The Frederick Law Olmsted Papers, published by Johns Hopkins University Press; the final book in the 12-volume series, Plans and Views of Communities and Private Estates, was published in 2020. Dr. Beveridge is also the author of several publications on Olmsted and his career, including Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing the American Landscape, prepared with photographer Paul Rocheleau and Frederick Law Olmsted: Writings on Landscape, Culture, and Society in the Library of America series.

QUESTIONS
Email Friends of Fairsted: fellowship@friendsoffairsted.org.

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