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Awards, Prizes and Fellowships

The VAF offers a number of awards and fellowships to promote and support vernacular architectural fieldwork and scholarship, as well as the dissemination of research. Information about applying and past winners can be found on the pages below.

Access Award

The Access Award supports first-time attendance at the VAF's annual meeting by scholars and students with limited professional exposure to the fields of architectural history and vernacular studies, as well as by practitioners and independent scholars in the field.

Award for Advocacy

The Award for Advocacy encourages citizen-based advocacy by recognizing exemplary efforts and achievements on behalf of our vernacular built heritage. 

Ambassadors Awards

Ambassadors Awards provide funding for faculty-sponsored student groups (both undergraduate and graduate) from North American institutions, to attend VAF annual conferences. 

Catherine W. Bishir Prize

The Catherine W. Bishir Prize is awarded annually to the scholarly article from a juried North American publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscape. 

Paul E. Buchanan Award

The Paul E. Buchanan Award recognizes contributions to the study and preservation of vernacular architecture and the cultural landscape that do not take the form of books or published work. 

Abbott Lowell Cummings Award

The Abbott Lowell Cummings Award, named for the founding president of the VAF, is awarded annually to the newly-published book that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes of North America. 

Henry Glassie Award

The Henry Glassie Award, named for the renowned vernacular architecture scholar and folklorist, recognizes special achievements in and contributions to the field of vernacular architecture studies. 

Orlando Ridout V Fieldwork Fellowship

The Orlando Ridout V Fieldwork Fellowships help cover the expenses of either projects or fieldwork training.


Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships

The Simpson Presenter's Fellowship allocates funding to offer partial financial assistance to students and emerging professionals presenting papers at VAF annual conferences.

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