Required Items for Application
The following items to be submitted in the initial application. Answers should be brief and entire application, exclusive of attachments, should not exceed 2,000 words.
- Describe the leadership team: who is in charge of the field school, who are the key members of the team, and what areas of expertise do they represent?
- Provide CVs or resumes for the leadership team as attachments.
- Describe the site of field research and the larger research agenda for it: why is this fieldwork important; what research or history does it build upon or can be integrated with?
- Describe plans for community engagement: how will the local community, site owners, historical and preservation societies be engaged in this project; will there be opportunities of local participation (other than providing permission or access for research or onsite investigations); will there be opportunities for programs to inform the community of the work before, during, and after the field schools?
- Describe the research goals of the field school: what will be researched and recorded, how will this be carried out in a one and two-year schedule; how will the components of the site be recorded (photography, measured drawings, written descriptions, digital recording; archival research, oral interviews); how will access be made to these resources—through local contacts, intermediaries, etc.?
- Describe the pedagogical benefits of the field school in a preliminary course outline: how will these goals be met during the sessions (3 or 4 weeks each of the two years); what will be accomplished and how will the work be structured; how will students be taught how to measure, draw, and describe buildings; what and how will students and participants learn field recording methods; what other skills (reading age and evolution of building fabric, measured drawings, oral interview, documentary research) will be promoted and how will they be taught during the field school?
- Describe the end products of the field school and what role the students/participants play in reaching those goals: what are the deliverables—what can be accomplished at the site at the end of the project; how will this material be shared with the locals, state or national preservation organizations; where will the products of this work be stored and how can it be accessed and by whom; who owns this material at the end of the project?
- Describe the intended student audience for the field school: who should attend the field schools; what kind of educational or professional experience should they have; what is the duration of their attendance—the full length of the course or a shorter term involvement of a week or a few days?
- Describe the facilities and resources for the field school: what lab spaces, drafting rooms, lecture rooms and equipment will be available; what transportation is necessary to get students/participants to and from the field sites; where will the students/participants be housed; how and where will they be fed?
- Describe local, regional, and institutional support that will provide resources or money to sustain the field school over a two-year period of commitment.
- Propose a two-year window in which to operate the field school: 2022/2023; 2023/2024; or 2024/2025: What is the advantage of that plan? What constraints limit your options?