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Heraldry in the USA
William Barton Graduate Scholarship
The American Heraldry Society offers the William Barton Graduate Scholarship in an amount up to $1,500 to support masters or doctoral students in the preparation and completion of a thesis, dissertation, or equivalent degree capstone project relevant to the use of heraldry--coats of arms, seals, badges, and related symbols--within the present territory of the United States of America and its territories and possessions. Not more than one scholarship is awarded each academic year; the amount awarded will be based on the costs expected to be incurred in research and writing of the thesis. Recipients are expected to acknowledge the American Heraldry Society in any public presentations and publications resulting from work supported by this scholarship.
The scholarship is given in honor of William Barton (1754-1817), a lawyer and public official from Philadelphia who was not only instrumental in the design of the great seal and coat of arms of the United States but played a pioneering role in developing and articulating a theory of the role of heraldry in the American republic.
Doctoral and masters students in any field at an accredited college or university are eligible for this award, provided that the project is relevant to the study of heraldry in the United States. Disciplines in which such a project might be undertaken include but are not limited to:
Students may apply for the scholarship at any time once they have reached the stage of active preparation of the thesis prospectus. For masters students, this will typically be in or after the second semester of graduate study. Doctoral students will normally be in or have finished their last semester of coursework, generally at the end of the second year of study.
Applications will be accepted annually with a deadline of July 31. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision in writing not later than August 31. The prospective awardee will have until September 30 to respond in writing declaring his or her intention to accept the scholarship.
Students wishing to be considered for the William Barton Scholarship should apply via e-mail to the Society’s Director of Education, Philip Blanton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application should include:
1. A cover sheet stating:
2. A description of the research project, not exceeding 750 words.
3. An itemized budget listing estimated expenses and the total amount of funding being requested, up to $1,500. Allowable costs are those specifically related to the preparation of the thesis, including:
Non-allowable costs include tuition fees and travel to symposia, conferences, etc., other than those directly related to the project. Expenditures incurred prior to submission of the application will be reimbursed only in exceptional circumstances.
The budget will also include a statement of previous or current support for the thesis from other sources.
4. A one-page curriculum vitae.
5. An unofficial academic transcript.
6. A letter of recommendation from the thesis advisor, including a statement that the topic chosen has been or is likely to be approved by the applicant’s department.