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College of Design List of Design-related Grants and Fellowships

(Last updated April 14, 2011)

Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation – Scholarships for Foreigners
Eligibility includes doctoral candidates.  Subject supported includes architecture.  The program aims at promoting the Greek language, history and culture abroad, thereby creating and encouraging ties of friendship and cooperation between members of the foreign academic community and their Greek counterparts.
Deadline: Late January.

 

Akademie Schloss Solitude - Residency Fellowships
The Akademie pursues an intense exchange between artistic and scientific disciplines.  Fellowship provides a residency.  Eligible disciplines include design and architecture.
Deadline: Late October.

 

American Academy in Rome – Rome Prize
The Academy offers 11-month and two-year pre-doctoral fellowships.  Pre-doctoral fellowships are meant to provide scholars with the necessary time to research and complete their doctoral dissertations.  The Academy invites proposals in archaeology, history, the history of art and architecture, literature, and musicology.  Eligible disciplines include Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and other design related fields.
Deadline: Early November.

 

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) - Mary Josephine Cochran National Graduate Fellowship
This fellowship will be awarded to a qualified graduate student pursuing a degree in textiles and clothing.
Deadline: Mid-January.

 

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Fellowships and Grants
Fellowships and grants are provided to support women in a wide range of disciplines.  Note the “Selected Professions Fellowships” includes architecture as one of the four areas it supports.
Deadlines: various, most in late fall early winter.

 

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) -- Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
These fellowships are to assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. This program aims to encourage timely completion of the Ph.D. The fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. Appropriate fields of specialization include architectural history.
Deadline: Mid-November.

 

The American Research Center in Egypt
For study in Egypt.  Eligibility includes students in doctoral programs, including architecture.
Deadline: Mid January.

 

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens – Advance Fellowships
Several fellowships for the full academic year at the School with a stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees are available to students who have completed the Regular Program or one year as a Student Associate Member and plan to return to the School to pursue independent research, usually for their Ph.D. dissertation.  Advanced Fellowships include the Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in art and architecture of antiquity and the Gorham Phillips Stevens Fellowship in the history of architecture.
Deadline: Mid-February.

 

American Institute of Architects – Arthur Tuttle Jr. Graduate Fellowship in Health Facility Planning and Design
The goal of this program is to encourage young architects and students to enter the specialized field of hospital planning.  Two to three students are selected each year, and the award is $1000.
Deadline: Late April.

 

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) - Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award
This $1,000 award recognizes an outstanding interior design research or thesis project by an undergraduate or graduate student. Research papers or doctoral and master's theses should address such interior design topics as educational research, behavioral science, business practice, design process, theory, or other technical subjects.
Deadline: Early March.

 

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)-  Irene Winifred Eno Grant
Provide up to $5000 to individuals or groups engaged in the creation of an educational program(s) or an interior design research project dedicated to health, safety and welfare.  The grant is open to students, educators, interior design practitioners, institutions or other interior design related group.
Deadline: Early March.

 

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) – Fellowships and Scholarships
ASLA provides a variety of fellowships and scholarships to students in Landscape Architecture.
Early February.

 

Ara Electronica – Voestalpine Art and Technology Grant
This grant is for people worldwide who have developed but not yet implemented a concept in the fields of art, design or technology. The recipient will receive a cash stipend in the amount of €7,500 and an invitation to spend three months in Linz as Artist/Scientist-in-Residence at Ars Electronica.
Deadline: Late March.

 

The Architectural League of New York – Nordern Fund Travel/Study Grants
Provides grants of up to $5000 for travel/study grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies.
Deadline: Mid-April.

 

ASID-Awards
Provides a variety of awards for students in the interior design field.
Deadlines: Early March.

 

Asian Arts Council – Individual Grants
Will provide support for Americans seeking to undertake activities in Asia.  Supported fields include architecture and design.
Deadline:  Check website for announcement of next deadline.

 

Dept. of Transportation -- The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP)
Awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines, which includes architecture and human factors.  DOT funds between 150 and 200 fellowships per year.  Maximum grant is $100,000.
Deadline: Early January. 

 

Dumbarton Oaks - Junior Fellowships
Junior fellowships of up to $27,000 are awarded to students who, at application, have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a Ph.D. (or appropriate final degree) and will be working on a dissertation or final project at Dumbarton Oaks under the direction of a faculty member at their home university.  Eligible projects include garden and landscape studies.
Deadline: Early November.

 

Foundation for Community Association Research -- Byron Hanke Fellowship for Graduate Research on Community Associations
Fellowships are available to graduate students working on topics related to community associations. Community associations govern common-interest communities of any kind where homeowners support an association with mandatory financial assessments.
Deadline: Early May.

 

Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies Limited (FURS) -- International Essay Competition Prize for the Best Essay on Urban and Regional Themes by Young Authors
In collaboration with the International Journal of Urban Regional Research and Blackwell Publishers, FURS holds an international essay competition for the best essay on urban and regional themes by young scholars.
Deadline: Late May.

 

Garden Club of America - Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design
The fellowship, for $4,000, was established to further the study of history and design in the American garden. It is intended, also, to look to the future of gardens and their unique place in our environment. Project study would have wide scope.  Graduate students an institution in the United States are eligible to apply.
Deadline: Early February.

 

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation – GrantsIncludes predoctoral grants for travel to and residence in Venice and the Veneto. Grants are awarded for historical research specifically on Venice and the former Venetian empire, and for study of contemporary Venetian society and culture.  Eligible disciplines include architecture.
Deadline: Mid-December.

 

Graham Foundation – Carter Manny Award
The Carter Manny Award supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects focus on fields of inquiry supported by the Graham Foundation: architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and other related fields. The award is intended to assist students enrolled in graduate programs in architecture, art history, and other programs in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences.  Two awards are offered: a research award ($15,000) for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and a writing award ($2000) for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. 
Deadline: Mid-March.

 

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)- Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program
The purpose of the HUD Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant program is to enable Ph.D. candidates enrolled at accredited institutions of higher education to complete their research and dissertations on HUD-related housing and urban development issues.
Deadline: Mid-August.

 

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) -- IAESTE Exchange Program
Provides a practical training exchange program between members in order to enhance technical and professional development and to promote international understanding and goodwill.  Eligible disciplines include Graphic Design and Architecture.  Provides a cost of living allowance.
Deadline: Various.

 

International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) - Vercille Voss Graduate Student Member Scholarship
Provides a $2000 scholarship for graduate students in an interior design, or closely related, program.
Deadline: Late March.

 

Mellon/ACLS -- Dissertation Completion FellowshipsThe Fellowships assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences, including architectural history, in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing.  Provides a stipend of $25,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000.
Deadline: Mid-November.

 

Metropolis Magazine – Next Generation Design Competition
This competition promotes environmental activism, social involvement, and entrepreneurship in young designers, with a $10,000.  Metropolis saw the need for a new type of competition, one that went beyond the usual beauty pageants for finished projects, a competition that would generate and reward ideas. Metropolis celebrates the next generation by rewarding imaginative young designers, be they employed by large companies, those striving with their own young firms or on their own, as well as students.
Deadline: Mid-January.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art - Douglass Foundation Fellowship in American Art
This fellowship of $35,000 will be awarded to a promising young scholar for one year's study or research in the American Wing (including the Department of American Decorative Arts) on an aspect of the museum's collection.  Eligibility includes students in the fashion or textile design.
Deadline: Early November.

 

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) - Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship in Textiles and Costume History
The fellowship of up to $9,000 exists to promote research incorporating the textile and costume collections of the ROM. An annual fellowship is available to Ph.D. candidates and international scholars worldwide whose research can make direct use of, or support, any part of the ROM collections. The successful applicant must spend all or most of the time in Toronto working with ROM collections.
Deadline: Late March.

 

Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation -- Traveling Fellowship Program
The purpose of the Traveling Fellowship is to enable students in graduate degree programs in the history of art, architecture and the decorative arts to travel to England to pursue research projects related to any aspect of the work of Sir John Soane or Sir John Soane's Museum and its collections.  Awards are for up to $5,000.
Deadline: Early March.

 

Smithsonian Institute  Graduate Student Fellowships
Fellowships are offered to students formally enrolled in a graduate program, who have completed at least one semester and not yet been advanced to candidacy if in a Ph.D. Program. Applicants must submit a proposal for research in a discipline which is pursued at the Smithsonian. The term is 10 weeks; the stipend is $6,000.  Included in possible areas of study is the History of Art, Design, Crafts, and the Decorative Arts, and particularly relevant to the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Deadline: Mid-January.

Smithsonian Institute -- Baird Society Resident Scholar Program
Stipends of $3,500 per month for up to six months are available for individuals working on a topic relating to collections, such as the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Deadline: Mid-March.

 

Smithsonian Institution (SI) -- James Renwick Fellowship in American Craft
Provides a stipend of up to $30,000 for research fellowships for research in American studio crafts or decorative arts from the nineteenth century to the present. Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research.
Deadline: Mid-January.

 

SOM Foundation – SOM Prize
The SOM Prize in architecture, design and urban design is a $50,000 research and travel fellowship that enables one outstanding student to do in-depth research, collaborate with other designers, and pursue independent study outside the realm of established patterns. In addition to the grand SOM Prize, the Foundation also awards a $20,000 travel fellowship to the second strongest candidate.  Graduating undergraduate and graduate students of accredited U.S. schools of Architecture, Design and Urban Design are eligible.
Deadline: Mid-April.

 

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) - Montêquin Research Fellowship
This award provides a support for travel costs related to research on Spanish, Portuguese, or Ibero-American architecture.  Award is $2,000 for junior scholar (scholars engaged in doctoral research).
Annual Deadline: late October.

 

SAH - Charles E. Peterson Fellowship of the Buildings of the United States and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
With the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Society of Architectural Historians offers an annual fellowship that supports the participation of a graduate student in the research and writing for a volume in the Buildings of the United States (BUS) series.  The recipient will research some aspect of American architecture prior to 1860, which he/she may choose from a list of topics provided by authors of forthcoming BUS books.  The fellowship is for $2,000.
Deadline: Early January.

 

SAH - Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship
This Fellowship supports an architectural historian for work on a 12-week project.  The Fellow will prepare a written history to become part of the permanent Historic Awards Building Survey (HABS) collection focusing on either a specific nationally-significant building/site, or a broader architectural history topic that will inform future HABS documentation. The Fellow will be stationed in the field working in conjunction with a HABS measured drawings team, or in the HABS Washington, D.C. office.  Applicants should be pursuing graduate studies in architectural history or other related fields.  The award is for $10,000.
Deadline: Early February.

 

SAH - SAHARA Travel Fellowships
The Society of Architectural Historians is establishing the SAHARA Travel Fellowship to document the global built environment for teaching and research. Since 2008 SAH has developed the SAHARA image archive and we are positioning it to grow into an encyclopedic online image archive. To support this effort, SAH invites its current members to apply for the newly-established 2011 SAHARA Travel Fellowship. Awardees will take a suite of new digital photographs and/or digital videos of buildings, urban settings and cultural landscapes that the recipient will upload and share through SAHARA.  Open to all current members of SAR, including graduate students.  Award is for $1,250
Deadline: Early April.

 

Urban Land Institute – Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition
This competition provide a chance to form a multidisciplinary team with four other graduate students in the United States or Canada and tackle a real land use challenge in a U.S. city.  The Prize is $50,000.
Deadline: Mid-December.

 

U.S. Capitol Historical Society – FellowshipsFellowship let scholars, including graduate students in architecture, to use the extensive documents housed in the Office of the Architect of the Capitol, the Library of Congress and the National Archives to do research on the Capitol building.
Deadline: Mid-March.

 

Washington State University -- Summer Teaching/Research Fellows Program
Provides selected doctoral students with the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors at WSU as they prepare for academic careers as future faculty members.  During the program, fellows work on completing dissertations, engage in seminars on the changing roles and expectations of faculty, and design individualized programs for enhancing their ability to teach, conduct research, and other scholarship
Deadline: Mid-April.

 

Western European Architecture Foundation
The Gabriel Prize provides a $20,000 grant for the study of classical architecture and landscape in France. Prize winners embark on a three-month itinerary of their own devising.
Deadline: Mid-January.

 

Wilhelm Lorch Foundation – Prizes for Completed Projects
The foundation awards prizes to completed works that are appropriate to the fashion sector, the textile trade, or the textile and garment manufacturing industry, as well as related fields. The project can be concerned with creative, marketing, logistics, technical, and communication aspects or interdisciplinary subjects, such as ecology, new media, and international interweavement.  University dissertations on creative, economic, or technical subjects relevant to the textile sector are considered particularly worthy of support.
Deadline: Late October.

 

Winterthur Museum and Country Estate -- Dissertation Research Fellowships
Winterthur Library is a recognized center for advanced study and is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of America's artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history from colonial times into the twentieth century. Eligibility fpr tje dissertation fellowships include material culture, architecture, decorative arts, design, consumer culture, garden and landscape studies.  Dissertation fellowships are for up to $14,000.
Deadline: Mid-January.

 

Winterthur Museum -- Fellowship Program
Research fellows are awarded for research in many areas of social and cultural history, including material culture, architecture, decorative arts, design, consumer culture, and garden and landscape studies, Winterthur's collections are rich in material relating to the colonies of British North America and the United States from the seventeenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. Winterthur welcomes researchers. Academic, independent, and museum scholars, as well as advanced graduate students are invited to apply for short and long-term residential research fellowships. The suitability of a project to Winterthur's collections is the primary consideration of the fellowship award committee.
Deadline: Mid-January.

 

The Wolfsonian-Florida International University – Fellowship Program
These fellowships support research on the museum’s collection, generally for three to four week periods.  The museum and research center promotes the examination of modern visual and material culture.  The focus of the collection is on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design from the period 1885-1945, though it includes other types of work from other eras also.
Deadline: Late-December.