Royal Oak Scholarship Fund

The Royal Oak Foundation provides one-of-a-kind opportunities for Americans to study in Britain through the Damaris Horan Fellowship, with a focus on landscape history, and the Nigel Seeley Fellowship, with a focus on historic interiors, finishes and collections.

The Royal Oak Scholarship Fund also supports a US/ICOMOS intern and has granted over $400,000 in support of Attingham Summer School scholars. These grants have allowed curators, architects, and designers from the United States to experience the magic of the English country house. Through the Scholarship Fund, Royal Oak has educated students and young professionals for more than 30 years.

What sort of work will your donation to the Scholarship Fund support? Projects like the video below, from 2015 Horan Fellow Justin Kegley. Check out this preview of his film celebrating Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s work, shot using drone photography.

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Meet Jeff and Phyllis, Royal Oak Scholars from The Royal Oak Foundation on Vimeo.

The Nigel Seeley Fellowship

Royal Oak is pleased to announce the launch of The Nigel Seeley Fellowship with the National Trust.

Established by Katherine Singley of Decatur, Georgia, the fellowship will provide training and educational opportunities for individuals with a professional interest in the preservation of historic interiors, finishes, and collections. It is named for the National Trust’s Head of Conservation, Dr. Nigel Seeley (1989-2002), under whom Katherine studied.

The fellowship will be awarded to professionals spanning careers from conservators, heritage craftsmen, collection managers, to environmental engineers, lighting specialists, and pest specialists.

The Damaris Horan Fellowship

The Damaris Horan Prize was established by The Mudge Foundation and named for Royal Oak’s Executive Director from 1987 to 2003. The Landscape History Fellowship is awarded biennially to provide talented Americans with a serious interest in landscape history and gardening a chance to experience the National Trust first-hand. Royal Oak is grateful to the Trust for offering this educational opportunity and to The Mudge Foundation for making these fellowships possible through its generous support.

The Attingham Summer School Scholarship

The Attingham Summer School, a highly regarded intensive three-week residential educational program in the English countryside devoted to the study of British historic houses. Since its foundation in 1952, many scholars, curators, architects, and designers from the United States have participated each year. The Royal Oak Foundation has supported the program for more than 30 years with grants totaling more than $400,000. Scholarships are administered and awarded by the American Friends of Attingham on a need basis.


In the summer of 2014, Royal Oak supported an intern through the U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). That intern, Katie Jacobs, worked under Catherine Leonard, Secretariat of International National Trust Organization (INTO), hosted by the National Trust in London. Learn more about Katie’s experience.

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