In 2013, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) a grant of $51,330 to administer the SAH/Mellon Author Awards. The award is designed to provide financial relief to scholars who are publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment and who are responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images or for commissioning maps, charts or line drawings in their publications. Through this grant, SAH will provide awards to scholars to help defray the high costs of image licensing, reproduction and creation of original drawings and maps for monographs on the history of the built environment. This grant is intended as a seed grant, to assist authors to defray these costs, and to secure other applicable grants. Awards will be made once in 2014 and once in 2015 for print (hardcover, soft cover) and digital publications (eBook, DVD). Awardees will be selected on the basis of the quality and demonstrated financial need for their project.
The SAH/Mellon Author Awards jury comprises distinguished mid-career and senior scholars who are members of SAH and whose specializations cover a broad range of scholarship on the built environment. The jury has discretion over the number of awardees and the size of the grant to be awarded, but a typical grant would be $5,000-$6,000. The grants will be made directly to authors to defray the costs of image acquisitions.