Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship

A man with white hair and a white beard smiles standing in front of a historic barn with snowy mountains in the distance.
“Preservation changed my life; I’d like to see it do the same for others.” - Harrison Goodall

Program Overview

"Preservation changed my life; I'd like to see it do the same for others." - Harrison Goodall

Inspired by a gift from Harrison Goodall and made possible by Preservation Maryland, this program aims to develop students and enterprising professionals into the preservation leaders of tomorrow. Fellows grow professionally through coaching from the fellowship committee and a preservation mentor.

The Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship gives fellows the opportunity to focus on their professional development within historic preservation, gain access to networking and resources, and learn leadership competencies. In addition to these growth opportunities, fellows undertake capstone projects that, through mentorship and coaching, will make a meaningful contribution to the broader field of historic preservation and support the stewardship of historic resources not only in the National Park Service but nationwide and at any level (e.g., other federal agencies, state and county parks, nonprofit history museums, etc.). The format of the fellowship program is flexible to encourage creativity and allow fellows to continue to study, work or engage in other activities.

The fellowship awards $10,000 to support an innovative project in the field of historic preservation. The capstone project must impact more than just one historic place; it must have the potential to be applied elsewhere and impact how we do preservation. If you can improve the way we steward our historic places, we want to see your ideas!


What types of capstone projects will you consider?

Under the guidance of the fellowship committee, fellows are coached to take their capstone project and expand it into something that impacts the broader field of preservation. Creativity and divergent thinking are encouraged for this fellowship capstone project. Example project categories include:

  • Preservation trade tool, material, or method
  • Technological development such as an app, program, or device to document, diagnose or investigate historic properties
  • Web-based resource or toolkit to support community-based preservation efforts
  • Research methodology for documenting and understanding historic properties in a novel way
  • Pedagogical approach for teaching about historic places, preservation, or a method for interpreting historic sites
  • Approach to solve a common but unsolved preservation issue
  • Housing policy or urban planning strategy that benefits historic buildings

Who can apply?

This opportunity is aimed at both emerging and seasoned preservation professionals and students enrolled at least part-time in a preservation-related degree program (historic preservation, museum studies, history, archeology, urban planning, architecture, preservation trades, etc.). Applications will be accepted from federal and non-federal applicants who want to invest in their professional growth.

What is expected of me if selected?

Once accepted into the Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship, fellows have one year (August to August) to develop their preservation leadership skills through their work with a mentor and the committee on a final capstone project. Fellows and mentors must present their progress to the committee quarterly so the committee members can help support the fellow and project development. In addition to the capstone project, the committee will provide a custom set of opportunities for professional development relevant to the selected fellow which could include up to two weeks of in-person and/or virtual workshops.

Upon completion of a final presentation and capstone submission, program participants will be given the title of Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellow. The fellow's capstone and presentation will be shared on The Campaign for Historic Trades website. Additionally, the committee expects fellows to have a plan to share their work with the broader preservation community.

How to apply?

Applications are generally due in April each year. Fill out the online application form on The Campaign for Historic Trades website. The selection committee will then contact finalists and invite them to interview.


Yes, federal employees can apply for this fellowship.

In addition to generously endowing this fellowship, Harrison Goodall serves on the steering committee for the fellowship and participates in regular meetings with the fellows over the course of the project.

Fellows will receive payment at the end of their fellowship. Payments to cover project expenses like equipment will be made on a case by case basis. The administrators of this program, Preservation Maryland is not required to withhold, and will not withhold, any income taxes from the payment. Fellows are personally responsible for calculating, reporting, and paying any income taxes that may be due on payment, and may wish to obtain professional tax advice on this matter.

Last updated: February 10, 2023