Programs and FAQs

The Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies gives awards to both senior and junior scholars conducting research related to progressive design and planning. Research can be conducted on Stein's work and ideas, or on topics reasonably related to his legacy of a built environment intended to serve social as well as individual goals as expressed in his book, Toward New Towns for America (Reinhold, 1957). The Stein Institute also gives awards to support the preservation of, or education about, modernist sites designed or influenced by Clarence S. Stein. Finally, the Stein Institute funds a fellowship in the department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University.

  • Category A: Support for Senior Scholarly Research: Grants made under this category are intended to support scholarly research by faculty from any academic institution as well as independent scholars with an advanced degree. The maximum grant under category A is $20,000. Note that grants in excess of $10,000 are given in increments based on work completed.
  • Category B: Support for Student Research: Grants made under this category are intended to support research by undergraduate and graduate students from any academic institution around the world. These grants can also be used to support collaborative research between faculty, students, and outside experts in urban and landscape studies. The maximum grant under category B is $10,000.
  • Category C: Community Engagement: Grants made under this category are for projects that support the preservation and functionality of sites designed by Stein or reflective of his ideas, or for short courses or training workshops at/or about such sites. Applications from educational institutions and nonprofit organizations, as well as individuals with an affiliation to existing Stein sites, are welcome under this category. The maximum grant under category C is $10,000; a cash or in-kind match is encouraged.
  • Graduate Fellowship Support for a Prospective Student: Each year, one individual who is applying to the Master of Regional Planning (M.R.P.) program at AAP will be offered a graduate fellowship. The student is required to apply to the M.R.P. program through the graduate school website and the fellowship is an award that is part of the admission package. The fellow's responsibilities include research and administrative support for the Stein Institute and its programs. The fellowship will total approximately $15,000 in stipend, health benefits, and tuition support for one year.

In addition to these categories, the Stein Institute funds an annual lecture in the Department of City and Regional Planning and provides support for maintenance of the Stein Papers in the Rare and Manuscript Collection in the Carl A. Kroch Library. Scholars are encouraged to make use of the significant archives on modernist planning found in the Carl A. Kroch Library.

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Who is eligible to apply for grants offered by the Stein Institute?

    Grant recipients typically come from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban history, historic preservation, and city and regional planning, and the research supported by the Stein Institute encompass both urban and suburban development. Grants are expected to address the work and/or ideas of Clarence Stein as expressed in his book, New Towns for America (Reinhold, 1957), broadly interpreted.

    We encourage applications from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, and research scholars from any institution, as well as affiliates of organizations that work towards preservation and maintenance of projects designed by Clarence Stein or exhibiting his influence.

    Applications will be evaluated within each of the four categories and the eligibility for each category is as follows:

    • Category A: Senior researchers, professors, and independent scholars
    • Category B: Undergraduate and graduate students*
    • Category C: Affiliates and members of organizations affiliated with modernist sites, community groups, practitioners (for-profit entities will be funded at the discretion of the jury), or nonprofit organizations
    • Graduate Fellowship: Prospective students for AAP's M.R.P. program (application information is available at the city and regional planning graduate admissions webpage)

    *Doctoral students may be considered senior scholars in some situations. The jury reserves the right to move applications between categories. 

    What materials are required to successfully submit an application?

    • Research proposal, not to exceed five pages or 2,000 words, describing the project and its relevance to Stein's ideas
    • 100-word abstract
    • Curriculum Vitae of the principal investigator(s) with a mailing address
    • A letter of recommendation speaking to both the project's value and the applicant's qualifications
    • Project budget noting any proposed matching funds, and to whom the grant should be disbursed
    • Project timeline noting milestones and partial payments (where applicable)
    • Project bibliography (optional but helpful)

    How many awards will the Stein Institute offer each year?

    The institute will award as many grants as funding allows. Most years, it will fund between five and 10 proposals.

    What is the duration for which the grants are awarded?

    Most grants are given for a period of one year; they may be extended to two years upon request.

    When is the money disbursed?

    For projects requesting $10,000 or less, funding is provided half in advance and half upon completion of research and submission of the required report. For grants of more than $10,000, funds will be disbursed in increments based on satisfactory progress according to the budget and milestones established in the original grant application.

    What kind of expenses are funded?

    The Stein Institute supports expenses related to fieldwork such as transportation, lodging and meals, employment of student assistants, acquisition of research materials (but generally not equipment), and printing.

    The Stein Institute does not support living expenses at the applicant's home while working on the project, indirect costs or overhead, tuition and fees, or computers or similar equipment.

    Can I submit the applications by mail?

    No, applications sent through the mail will not be accepted. You must apply through the online application form on this website.

    What are the obligations of grant recipients?

    Grant recipients are required to submit a formal report after completion of the project. This report should include a 500-word summary and one to three relevant high-resolution images for the Stein Institute website, as well as copies of any materials for which the grant was requested. More specific requirements will be included in the award letter. Original receipts will be required to justify funding.

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