The VAF invites teams of academic and/or professional historians to apply as sponsors of an individual field school at a specific site. Each team must include at least one person with extensive building or landscape documentation experience, at least one scholar of African American history or culture, and a local community partner representative. Special consideration will be given to applications including scholars from Historic Black Colleges and Universities. To ensure continuity with VAF’s aims, at least one member of the leadership team must be a member of the Vernacular Architecture Forum. These team members must be named and committed as part of the application.
Any site associated with African American history and culture may be appropriate for this program, whether urban or rural, home to a thriving community, repurposed, or abandoned. The application should identify standing resources to be recorded and provide a well-defined research plan.
Applicants should demonstrate engagement with African American communities associated with the fieldwork site and/or in the geographic region. Applications should indicate how key community members will participate in planning fieldwork and interpretation activities, including defining historical themes to explore and investigative methods to be used. Field schools should communicate with their host communities throughout the course of the investigative program, and when appropriate invite local community members to participate.