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Charles E. Peterson Fellowships


Charles E. Peterson, c. 1976 


The fellowship trust fund was endowed by Charles E. Peterson, FAIA (1906-2004), his colleagues, and his friends; it is administered by The Athenaeum of Philadelphia exclusively for charitable and educational purposes which reflect Mr. Peterson's life-long dedication to the study, recording, and preservation of early American architecture and building technology (pre-1860) and the teaching of conservation skills in American schools of architecture.

Senior Fellows

Senior Fellows must be persons who hold a terminal degree and possess a distinguished record of accomplishment. Research is not subject to geographical restrictions, although preference is given to Delaware Valley topics. Applications are reviewed by a committee of architects, architectural historians, and educators appointed by the Athenaeum board of directors. Outside readers may be asked to assist in the evaluation of proposals. Grants generally do not exceed $5,000 and may not be used for international travel.

Applications should be submitted in the form of a single-page letter setting forth a brief statement of the project, with attached budget, schedule for completion, professional resume, and two letters of reference.

A clear statement of objectives is necessary, and a final report is expected. Successful applicants may be required to give a public lecture or participate in a seminar at the Athenaeum sharing the results of the project.


Internships for periods of up to four months are awarded to graduate students enrolled full time in an architecture or historic preservation program and carry a stipend of $1,250 per month.  Internships may be used in any months of the year. The applicant should submit a resume of academic and related work experience. A letter of reference is required from the student's principal professor.  

How To Apply

Applications for both Senior Fellowships and Internships are accepted each year between January 1 and March 1, and should be addressed to:

Peterson Fellowship Committee
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3794

Awards will be announced by April 30 each year.