The Benjamin Menschel Fellowship Program

'Jaffa' (installation view) by Dorit Aviv AR'09, part of the 2009 Menschel Exhibition

'Jaffa' (installation view) by Dorit Aviv AR'09, part of the 2009 Menschel Exhibition

The Benjamin Menschel Fellowship Program encourages juniors (and fourth year architect students) to submit project proposals. Winning projects are completed over the summer prior to the student's senior year. In the fall winners prepare an exhibition of their projects for the yearly and prestigious "Menschel Exhibition" typically mounted in January. The exhibition is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue.

Important Update

Due to campus closures and related disruptions on account of COVID-19, the deadline for the Menschel Fellowship has been moved to March 31, 2020. Students are invited to email their application materials directly to by this date, end of day. 

The deadline for Faculty Evaluations is now April 3, 2020. Please ensure that the evaluations are emailed from the evaluators' official/professional accounts and sent directly to

Past Winners

Exhibition catalogues from prior years are available for review in the Cooper Union Library. Please do consult them. Note: students from all three schools are equally encouraged to apply. No preference is given to subject matter or manner of inquiry, profession, or whether projects are conceived as individual or joint efforts.


A committee of faculty members representing the schools and the Humanities and Social Sciences reviews the proposals. Semi-finalists are asked to prepare a presentation before the committee. Finalists are announced by the middle of May.


Faculty Evaluation


Applications must include a budget. Funding is variable, typically capped at $4500.


Ninad Pandit
Menschel Fellowship Program Director

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.