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2020 GCV Landscape Research Fellowships
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Website: http://www.gcvfellowship.org

2020 GCV Landscape Research Fellowships
GCV Landscape Research Fellowships

Qualifications:
Applicants must be candidates for a master's degree in landscape architecture, historic preservation, landscape or architectural history, archaeology, anthropology, history or horticulture.

Stipend:
Each Fellow will be paid a stipend of $8,000 plus certain living expenses. Housing will be provided in the vicinity of each Fellow's project site.

Deadline:
Complete applications are due by 12:00pm on Friday, March 20, 2020. Qualified graduate students may apply at www.gcvfellowship.org


The GCV Research Fellowship program is funded by the Garden Club of Virginia and overseen by Rieley & Associates. Prompted by the threat of the disappearance of historically significant yet undocumented landscapes, the GCV established a fellowship to record such landscapes through measured drawings, photographs, and written reports that examine the evolution of the landscape over time as well as its social and cultural context.  Each fellowship since 1996 has contributed to building a comprehensive record of historic landscapes in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Two fellowships are offered annually to graduate students in accredited programs of landscape architecture, landscape or architectural history, archaeology, historic preservation, anthropology or horticulture.  Each fellow receives a stipend of $8,000 for their work as well as housing and research-related travel funds.  Fellows work over a three-month period, usually during the summer between semesters, and acquire hands-on experience in the field of historic preservation as well as documentary research methods.  Each Fellow’s final report, including measured drawings and written history, is archived into the libraries at the University of Virginia, the Virginia State Library, Colonial Williamsburg, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture and the Cherokee Library at the Atlanta History Center.  They are, therefore, available to future scholars and become part of the body of knowledge about gardens in Virginia.

2020 Summer Research Fellowships Announced


Spend your summer researching and documenting the landscape history of a National Historic Landmark in Virginia. Two paid ($8,000 each) fellowships are available to qualified graduate students.


The Rudy J. Favretti Fellowship
Comparative Study of Terraced Landforms in the Chesapeake Region
Surry County, VA

Research will explore and analyze terraced landforms along the shoreline of James River in Surry County. This comparative study will focus on three sites with historic "falling gardens":

Four Mile Tree
Located on a bluff high above the James across from Jamestown Island, Four Mile Tree ranks as one of the oldest and most prominent properties in Surry County, with a history that can be traced to the first years of English settlement. The grounds include the oldest legible tombstone in Virginia (1650), the mid-18th century house (altered) and remains of a unique 19th century slave quarters built with pisé (rammed earth/clay). 

Pleasant Point
Although altered to its present appearance, Pleasant Point remains an example of a simple, early 18th century plantation house retaining its early lines, structural system, outbuildings and landscape features. Cedar Fields FarmAn important colonial site with terraces consistent with Pleasant Point and Four Mile Tree, and possibly others in the vicinity. 


William D. Rieley Fellowship
Mount Pleasant 
Surry County, VA

Mount Pleasant was first settled by the English in 1620 as a plantation called Pace's Paines. Continuously inhabited, in the 17th century the property was controlled by the Swann family and throughout most of the 18th century it belonged to the Cocke family, notably John Hartwell Cocke, the builder of Bremo. The present-day property consists of 400 acres that have been restored to its appearance in Cocke's era ca. 1800. Extensive archaeological work has been ongoing since 2001. Archival research has been done at the University of Virginia, the Library of Virginia and through collections of personal papers and county records to focus on the sequence of development that occurred on the Mount Pleasant-Swann's Point tract from the early 17th century on. The preceding work shows a rich architectural history that can be further explored.


Posted: January 3, 2020
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