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Grants, Fellowships, & Scholarships: Architecture

This list includes sample grants, fellowships, and scholarships related to the study and/or practice of architecture and related fields. Each is unique and offers its own benefits. Be sure to check each website to confirm details.

Graduate School

Gensler Diversity Scholarship
Awards underrepresented and minority students enrolled in U.S. not-for-profit NAAB-accredited architecture programs.
Award: $20,000 USD (1st Prize); $10,000 USD (2nd Prize)
Eligibility: Underrepresented or minority student; NAAB-accredited architecture program; entering final year in Fall 2020
Deadline: Visit website

Joseph L. and Vivian E. Steele Architecture Scholarship
Grant scholarships to students in need of financial assistance.
Award: Up to $5,000 USD
Eligibility: Studying in final three-years of Architecture program; financial need; present/former resident of Central Pennsylvania counties
Deadline: February 15

AIA/The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship
Supports women studying architecture within a NAAB-accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree program.
Award: $10,000 USD
Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; rising 3rd or 4th year undergraduate or graduate student
Deadline: Visit website

Practice & Research

AIA/Architects Foundation/McAslan Fellowship
Funds academic travel opportunities for top graduating students and provides mentor relationships with international architects for these students.
Award: $5,000 USD
Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; 3.0 GPA; Bachelor’s degree; graduate student attend Architecture program
Deadline: Visit website

a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship
Supports students who best demonstrate strong interest in practice and risk management.
Award: $5,000 USD
Eligibility: 4th year NAAB degree program; first year M.Arch/D.Arch degree program; 3.0 GPA
Deadline: Visit website

Bogliasco Fellowships for the Arts and Humanities
Given to individuals of all ages and nationalities who have made significant contributions in the arts and humanities.
Award: Living quarters; separate private studios and full board
Eligibility: Demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines
Deadline: January 15 (Fall); April 15 (Spring)

Center for Architecture Design Scholarship
Merit-based scholarships that support students acquiring their first professional degree in architecture, design, engineering, planning, or a related discipline.
Award: Up to $5,000 USD
Eligibility: Seeking first Architecture degree in New York State; academic performance; financial need
Deadline: Visit website

Connecticut Architecture Foundation Scholarship
This organization’s mission is to raise the public awareness of, and expectations for, Architecture and the built environment.
Award: $1,200 - $5,000 USD
Eligibility: Full-time student; enrolled or accepted to Architecture degree program
Deadline: Visit website

Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals
Encourages student journalism on architecture, planning, and related subjects, and to foster regard for intelligent criticism among future professionals.
Award: Up to $5,000 USD
Eligibility: Any journal published; must have been produced in the current or previous year
Deadline: Visit website

Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship
Partners emerging architectural designers with local community development organizations, where they facilitate an inclusive approach to development to create green, sustainable, and affordable communities.
Award: Starts at $62,000 USD stipend
Eligibility: Bachelor's degree in Architecture; eligible to work in the U.S.
Deadline: Visit website

Glass Association of North America Educational Foundation Scholarship*
The Glass Association of North America is a professional non-profit trade association representing the commercial architectural flat glass industry. *The GANA Education Foundation is currently updating its scholarship opportunities and processes.
Award: Visit website
Eligibility: Visit website
Deadline: Visit website

Hart Howerton Travel Fellowship Program
Provides a select number of Fellowship positions for students at design schools. The Fellowship provides funded travel for research on a topic the Fellow selects.
Award: $5,000 USD (travel); $2,500 USD (housing); $10,000 USD (salary during fellowship)
Eligibility: Visit website
Deadline: Visit website

Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship
Aides to defray costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and it recognizes the significant contributions of those in the early stages of their career.
Award: Covers full cost of Architect Registration Examination; study materials
Eligibility: AIA member; eligible to sit for ARE examination
Deadline: Visit website

Municipal Engineers Scholarship Program
Professional organization dedicated to improving the engineering standards on municipal construction projects in Greater New York.
Award: $2,500 USD
Eligibility: Undergraduate Architecture or Engineering major
Deadline: October 22

NAWIC Founders' Scholarship Foundation (Women in Construction)
Assist in providing the construction industry with trained employees through higher education.
Award: $500 - $2,500 USD
Eligibility: 3.0 GPA; enrolled full-time in construction-related degree program
Deadline: Visit website

Rome Prize - American Academy in Rome
Supports innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities.
Award: Stipend; meals; bedroom with private bath; study or studio
Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; bachelor’s degree
Deadline: November 1; November 15 for an additional fee

Smithgroup Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program
Support and mentor students from historically underrepresented demographics in architecture, interior design, planning, landscape architecture and engineering. 
Award: $6,000 USD
Eligibility: Undergraduate (at least a junior level standing) or graduate student; 3.0 GPA; must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
Deadline: October 28

The Concrete Industry Foundation Inc.
Provides financial assistance to students preparing for careers in the design and construction industry, with special emphasis on study related to concrete.
Award: Visit website
Eligibility: U.S. Citizen or permanent NYC resident; attending NYC institution
Deadline: Visit website

The Deborah J. Norden Fund
Provides grants for research projects proposed by passionate and curious students of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies.
Award: Up to$5,000 USD annually in travel/study grants
Eligibility: Recent graduate
Deadline: Visit website

The Loeb Fellowship
Supports accomplished practitioners who are influential in shaping the built and natural environment, whose work is advancing positive social outcomes in the US and around the world.
Award: Tuition; $52,500 USD stipend; housing and travel grant
Eligibility: Mid-career; 5-10 years of experience in the field
Deadline: January 4

Whitney Museum of American Art - Independent Study Program (ISP)
The ISP provides a setting within which students pursuing an art practice, curatorial work, art historical and architectural scholarship, and critical writing engage in ongoing discussions and debates that examine the historical, social, and intellectual conditions of artistic production.
Award: $1,800 USD
Eligibility: Graduate student; recent undergraduate; international applicants
Deadline: April 1

Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship
Supports architecture students with demonstrated financial need. Must be nominated by the dean or chair of the school of architecture in which they are currently studying.
Award: Up to $7,500 USD
Eligibility: Seeking first architecture degree in New York State; need not be U.S. Citizen
Deadline: Visit website

  • 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.