APT Conference Student Scholarships

Students from across the world have played an important role in APT Conferences since the 1986 inception of the Student Scholarships Program. Their student presentations have become of great interest to conference participants.

Through the Student Scholarships Program, students from all areas of study in the field of historic preservation/conservation submit abstracts that illustrate research or a project that they have developed to address an aspect of preservation/conservation technology. Scholarship recipient selection is based on: the quality of a submitted abstract; how well the concepts demonstrate excellence in the student’s area of study; a personal statement; and, the appropriateness of the subject to the Conference theme.  

Each scholarship recipient is required to create an electronic presentation (e.g. PowerPoint) to support his/her oral presentation during the APT annual fall conference.

All jury-selected scholars will:

  • Be granted a conference registration, a stipend for hotel and travel expenses, and one-year student membership to APT.
  • Have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one networking with industry professionals from around the world.
  • Develop a personal relationship with an APT College of Fellows mentor who will guide the student through the presentation process and provide introductions to industry colleagues.
  • Be added to the growing network of past APT Student Scholars, who are cataloged in an alumni register.

Learn more about the Student Scholarships Program for APT’s upcoming Conference by contacting one of the Student Scholarships co-chairs.

Martin Weaver Scholarship

The Martin Weaver Student Scholarship promotes the advancement of young professionals in the early stages of their careers in Historic Preservation or Conservation. The scholarship is intended to assist in the growth of these young professionals in their field of study and supports current and innovative research as well as foreign travel. The Weaver Scholar's Research is publicized through the APT website, APT Communiqué, and, if applicable, the APT Bulletin.

Martin Edward Weaver was a well-known senior research scholar and Adjunct Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation from 1991 to 2003 and was a member of the APT College of Fellows. He was an expert in the conservation of wood-based architectural materials and helped develop the scientific field of architectural conservation in the United States and internationally. Originally trained as an architect, his exposure to archaeological excavations in the United Kingdom, Greece, and Iran catalyzed his interest in historic preservation in the late 1960s. Martin Weaver is well known for his book, Conserving Buildings (co-authored with Frank G. Matero), published in 1997.

The APT Student Scholarship Committee will award the Martin Weaver Student Scholarship to a Student Scholarship recipient as a research grant for $1,500 that is funded by the APT Endowment. The grant will be awarded to one of this year’s APT Student Scholars who has an academic background, professional experience, and an established commitment in one or more of the following fields:

  • Architecture
  • Conservation
  • Architectural History
  • Historic Preservation
  • History of Preservation Technology

Applicant will be selected from the current year’s APT Student Scholars. Valid research in the treatment of wood-based architectural materials will be given preference.

Applicant must submit a 500-word essay (maximum) describing how the grant money will be used to further research and/or a career in historic preservation and must include the following descriptions:

  • the research/career goal(s) that the grant money will be used for;
  • how the grant money will be used to reach that goal; and
  • how the results of this endeavor will be presented to the APT community.

During, or immediately following the scholarship award, the Martin Weaver Student Scholar must agree to:

  • Submit a summary of the project upon acceptance of award that includes timeline, report dates, location of study, mentors, etc.
  • Submit a one- to two-page progress report due mid-way through the year.
  • Submit a brief in-progress article for posting in the APT Communiqué.
  • Submit a summary article for publication on the APT website.

Although not mandatory, we encourage the Martin Weaver Scholar to present his/her research at the next APT annual conference as one of the Student Scholar presentations. This would be at his/her own expense.

Dean Koga Prize

Color photograph of Dean Koga, in three-quarter profile, looking to the right.

The Dean Koga Prize was created to advance technical knowledge and to disseminate technical knowledge outside APT. Special consideration will be given to technical presentations covering current research topics in preservation or modes of delivery for preservation technology that are to be shared formally with outside organizations and especially with the international preservation community.  The funds could support travel costs to give technical presentations or support technical outreach through public access web platforms. 

TC-Doc - Student Documentation Competition:
Our Heritage Under Threat 2023

In 2023, APT’s Technical Committee on Documentation (TC-Doc) held its inaugural Student Documentation Competition. The competition was open to individual students or small groups of students, and highlighted projects that explored heritage sites under threat through documentation. The projects could include sites that were natural or built, but the site had to be considered under some type of threat, such as from development, demolition, drastic alteration, or climate change. Applications were accepted for all forms and methods of documentation. For more information on the 2023 program click here.

Andreea Hamilton
Elaine Shapiro

Student Scholarship Past Recipients

Martin Weaver Scholarship Past Recipients