The Fellows program for 2019 is CLOSED for this year. Applications will open again Spring 2020. Information as below.


Since its inception – and through generous funding by the Madison Lane-Rugby Road Charitable Trust - the Center has made annual awards of $5,000 each in support of the Center Fellows. The program is for one calendar year (commencing in the fall semester of each year) and is designed to foster interdisciplinary work on a range of scholarly research related to design and health. The allocation of awards has depended on the quality of candidates applying each year, and ranged between one and three awards per year. The Fellows program has assisted faculty from around Grounds in developing long term scholarly agendas that advance our knowledge about the health implications of design and planning of the built environment. The program has helped accelerate innovative and exemplary practice in health-based design and planning. Finally, the Fellows program has been successful in raising awareness of the Center’s mission and in forging further interdisciplinary collaborations for internal and external grant applications. Our previous fellows remain engaged with the A-School by participating in reviews, contributing to classes and our website blog, and continuing collaborative research initiatives.

Chosen Faculty Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend to support their research and scholarly work. In addition, Fellows will have access to the resources and faculty affiliates of the Center for Design and Health, and will be encouraged to actively participate in the academic life of the UVA School of Architecture.

The next round of fellowships will begin on September 01, 2020, and extend for a calendar year (though in certain cases a one semester fellowship period is a possibility). During that time, Fellows will be expected to interact and collaborate with relevant faculty in the Architecture School and to participate in the intellectual and scholarly life of the Center and School. Fellows will be expected to give at least one lecture or organize one colloquium about their research during the period of the fellowship.

Full time faculty members or PhD scholars in any department or school at the University of Virginia are eligible. One fellowship will be awarded for 2020-21. This will be chosen based on the applicant's potential to make a significant and unique contribution to the intersection of health and design.

Applications are due June 1, 2020. They should include the following: A Personal Statement describing current and future work and how the Fellowship will help to advance this work; a list of potential collaborators in the School of Architecture; proposed budget, a letter of support from your Department Chair or School Dean; and an up-to-date copy of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae. Applicants will be notified by July 1, 2020.

Criteria for evaluation of proposal

  • Quality, clarity and focus of research proposal in relation to forwarding the agenda on healthy place making. To include full budget, clear and rigorous methodology, and realistic completion date for the research.
  • Significant potential for future publication and public lecture upon completion
  • Significant potential to progress the research for follow-on grant funding.

Send application materials to:
Jenny Roe, jjr4b@virginia.edu