The American Heraldry Society has recently established 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 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. 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 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 history, literature, law, anthropology, sociology, political science/government, archaeology, art history, architecture and design, and communication studies.
Students may apply for the scholarship at any time once they have reached the stage of active preparation of the thesis prospectus. Applications will be accepted annually with a deadline of July 31.
For further information and application instructions, please see our website, http://www.americanheraldry.org/pages/index.php?n=Scholarship.Barton.
President and Director of Research
American Heraldry Society