Top Travel Fellowships for Young Designers
In our May 2015 issue, RECORD reported on architecture firms that have established foundations to fund travel research for aspiring architects. Below is a comprehensive list of fellowships and scholarships for students and emerging practitioners. While most of these programs support several weeks of travel, the options listed here include short-term residencies, longer-term relocation opportunities, and funding for unrestricted use.
The Capitol Fellowship Program funds graduate-student research in art or architecture within the United States Capitol complex. The United States Capitol Historical Society will support as much as a year of study, with a $2,500 monthly stipend. The program is jointly administered by the Architect of the Capitol.
The $15,000 dissertation-research component of the Carter Manny Award supports graduate students examining architecture's role in culture and society. The Graham Foundation established the prize in 1996.
The David M. Schwarz Architects Charitable Foundation provides $5,000 and $10,000 David M. Schwarz Architects Internship & Traveling Fellowships to students of the University of Maryland, University of Notre Dame, and Yale University for a summer experience that combines travel research and work.
The Deborah J. Norden Fund is a program of The Architectural League of New York that grants as much as $5,000 to students and recent graduates for travel. Applicants must draw a direct link between the proposed itinerary and project research.
The Dedalus Foundation Dissertation Fellowship annually awards $20,000 for researching and writing a dissertation in art history focusing on Modernism. Candidacy for the fellowship is by nomination only.
The Nantucket Historical Association's E. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Thayer Verney Fellowship allows students and professionals to research a historical aspect of Nantucket, Massachusetts, while living in the Thomas Macy House. Participants receive a weekly stipend of $300.
The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship places early-career architects in community development organizations that emphasize sustainability, design excellence, and community engagement in affordable housing. Fellows earn $50,000 and benefits annually over a three-year term.
The Western European Architecture Foundation's $20,000 Gabriel Prize funds three months of study, sketching, and mentorship in France. The grant is awarded to one individual each year, and often goes to an architecture student or recent graduate.
The Getty Research Institute offers $25,000 and $30,000 scholar-in-residence fellowships to pre- and postdoctoral students who are interested in conducting research relating to the Institute's annual theme. Also available: similar GRI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as Postdoctoral Fellowships in Conservation Science from the Getty Conservation Institute.
The H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship allocates $50,000 from the Society of Architectural Historians' H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship Fund so that a recent graduate with an advanced degree or emerging scholar can study by travel for one year. The fellowship is intended for independent, self-directed study.
Two of three Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowships—amounting to $6,000 or $20,000—sponsor arts study for recent college graduates in the United States. The fellowship is administered through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
An initiative of the KPF Foundation, the KPF Traveling Fellowship awards $10,000 travel grants to three undergraduate or graduate students annually. Eligibility is limited to a pool of 26 design schools.
The Lyceum Fellowship was established in 1985 to enrich design education with travel; in turn, winners must embark on their trip before their final year of study. Applicants compete for a prize between $3,500 and $12,000, by proposing solutions to a design problem devised by a guest architect.
The National Building Museum offers 10-week Field Fellowships to students working toward an advanced degree, or to early-career postdoctoral applicants. The $5,000 stipend allows fellows to research the permanent collection and gain exposure to museum operations.
Sponsored by the Northwest Institute and the Civita Institute, the Civita One Month Fellowship provides lodging at the Civita Institute in Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy. Applicants must come from the Pacific Northwest, and must have completed two years of work in their field. The fellowship favors a diversity of experience levels.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects awards its $10,000 RAMSA Travel Fellowship to a master's student in his or her penultimate year at any one of 16 schools. Candidates' research and itinerary proposals must emphasize the historic built environment.
The Boston Society of Architects administers the Rotch Travelling Scholarship, for which recent graduates compete in a two-stage process. The $38,500 scholarship's underlying endowment also supports the Rotch Travelling Studio, which permits an entire class to have a travel experience; faculty members apply for this grant.
The Smithsonian Institute offers fellowships of multiple durations, for students at various advanced stages of development.
The SOM Prize is the showpiece fellowship among the SOM Foundation's awards in architecture, design, and urban design, awarding a recent graduate or undergraduate $50,000 for research and travel.
Sponsored biennially by the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, recent graduates compete for the $50,000 Steedman Fellowship to support study abroad; a guest architect poses the competition theme. A $5,000 Steedman Summer Travel Fellowship is available to architecture students annually.
The Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant funds travel for early- and mid-career architects and designers, up to $15,000. Administered by the Center for Architecture in partnership with the AIA New York Chapter, the grant continues the legacy of Grand Tours.
Through the Takenaka Summer Internship, the Takenaka Corporation installs one student from each of the architecture schools at Yale, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania in its Tokyo design office. Dormitory housing, daily commuting expenses, and a monthly stipend of ¥150,000 are provided for the three-month experience.