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Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships

In memory of Pamela H. Simpson, whose commitment to mentoring young scholars touched the lives of numerous students and colleagues, the VAF Board of Directors has renamed the Annual Presenter’s Fellowships the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships.

Since 1989, the VAF Board of Directors has allocated funding for financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF annual conferences. Awards are intended to offset conference and travel cost for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization.

Any person presenting a paper at a VAF annual conference who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who has received a degree within one year of the annual conference and merits financial assistance, is eligible to apply. The Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship is a one-time award not to exceed $500. Previous awardees are not eligible to apply, even if their status has changed.

Recipients of Simpson Fellowships are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops. The VAF annual conference is an opportunity not only to learn about vernacular architecture, but also to establish professional contacts. The conference’s unique structure lends itself to conversation and study. 

Application Process

To apply for a 2014 Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship, please prepare a one-page document with the information:

Institution or Company
Degree Program (if a student)
Date Degree Received (if a graduate)
Street Address
Email Address
Telephone Number
Paper Title


An estimated budget for your travel to the conference: budget should include travel, housing, conference registration, tours, banquet, food and any miscellaneous expenses. 

Please submit an electronic copy of your application in PDF format to:

Paula A. Mohr at

Or mail three paper copies to:

Paula A. Mohr
Chair, Fellowships Committee
7005 Horton Avenue
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

Please send complete proposals to Paula Mohr, or contact her for further information.  Please send all elements of your proposal as a single file named as follows: LASTNAMEsimpson2013.

The deadline is December 1, 2013 for the Simpson Fellowship application.

For information about submitting a paper proposal for the 2014 conference, see the Call for Papers, or contact Jennifer Cousineau, Chair of the Paper Committee at  The deadline for paper proposals is also December 1, 2013.