Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies

Fellowship Award Opportunities

The Clarence S. Stein Institute makes awards of up to $20,000 in each of three categories — research, teaching, and community service — for proposals related to the ideas and works of Clarence S. Stein, particularly as expressed in his book, Toward New Towns in America. These include the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban history, historic preservation, and city and regional planning; and both urban and suburban development.  

Category A: Research

One-year research, thesis, and multi-year dissertation fellowship awards are encouraged to cover travel and other research related expenses. These proposals can make use of the vast archival collection of dozens of designers in Stein's era, available in the Kroch Archives at Cornell University. In addition, proposals are being solicited to support other forms of collaborative research work with faculty, students, and outside experts in urban and landscape studies. The Stein Institute does not cover faculty summer salary.

Category B: Teaching

Proposals will also be entertained to support short classes, fund a speakers' series or colloquia, or underwrite the expenses of visiting practitioners to participate in classes. Teaching support could also fund a fieldwork class in an off-campus urban or suburban location, assuming academic sponsorship and approval of Cornell faculty. Student-led initiatives are also invited, with or without direct faculty supervision.

Category C: Community Service

Community service proposals are also solicited. A member of the faculty should direct this collaborative work (if applicant is a student). It might include community-based or participatory learning, particularly in Stein-designed communities. Alternatively, it might support a design charette to advance creative solutions exploring Stein's ideas for a landscape. Internship support connected to a Stein-design is also possible, as is the development of publication or publication subventions for Stein-related projects.

Proposals and Deadlines

The deadline for proposal submissions is April 1. Proposals should include:

  • A statement of purpose, in one paragraph
  • A description of the proposal, including its relationship to Stein's ideas, in five pages or less
  • A budget for the proposal, including travel, noting any sources of matching funds
  • A budget narrative, describing how and when the funding will be used
  • A timeline for the completion of the project, noting the scheduled phases of completion
  • A preliminary bibliography of the relevant articles and books
  • A curriculum vitae of each person conducting the work, explicitly stating the appropriate mailing address(es)
  • Letter of recommendation from at least one faculty member and/or outside expert (if applicant is a student)

Additional university resources that could aid the proposal process are listed below:

Proposals should be sent to: Stephan Schmidt, director, at sjs96@cornell.edu. The letters of recommendation from faculty and/or outside experts should be provided with the entire package at the electronic address or, if sent by mail, addressed to:

Stephan Schmidt, Director, Stein Institute Committee
201 W. Sibley Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

The applications will be reviewed by a committee and responded to in a timely fashion.