List of Design-related Grants and Fellowships
Last Updated: March 2015
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Akademie Schloss Solitude - Residency Fellowships
Architecture (Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning) and, Design (Fashion, Costume, Product and Furniture Design, Visual Communication), are among the disciplines encouraged to apply.
American Academy in Rome – Rome Prize
Each year, the Rome Prize is awarded to about thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. Relevant eligible categories in Design are listed below.
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) - Mary Josephine Cochran National Graduate Fellowship
The Mary Josephine Cochran fellowship was created in 1988 with a bequest from Mary Josephine Cochran. A $5,000 fellowship and up to $1,000 of support for one year of AAFCS membership and participation in the AAFCS Annual Conference will be awarded to no more than one (1) qualified graduate student pursuing a degree in textiles and clothing.
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.
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.
The American Research Center in Egypt
ARCE administers research fellowships for students enrolled in doctoral programs at North American universities, and for American post-doctoral scholars and professionals affiliated with universities and research institutions worldwide. ARCE Fellowships are awarded for a minimum of three months and a maximum of twelve months depending on the funding source. Students in doctoral programs, including architecture are eligible.
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.
American Institute of Architects – Arthur Tuttle Jr. Graduate Fellowship in Health Facility Planning and Design
The goal of this program is to increase architecture students' awareness of the special requirements and nature of healthcare facilities; to attract talented young architects to this challenging area of professional practice; and to advance the knowledge of planning and design for healthcare environments. Felllowships typically range from $2,000 to $10,000.
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) - Joel Polsky Prize and Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award
The Joel Polsky Prize is given annually to recognize outstanding academic contributions to the discipline of interior design through literature or visual communication. The Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award is given annually to recognize an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student’s interior design research or thesis project. Both awards are for $5000.
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)- Irene Winifred Eno Grant
Irene Winifred Eno Grant is to awarded to provide financial assistance 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. Award is $5000.
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) – Fellowships and Scholarships
ASLA provides a variety of fellowships and scholarships to students in Landscape Architecture. Please visit website for details.
Ara Electronica – Voestalpine Art and Technology Grant
The aim of this art & technology grant bestowed annually by voestalpine and Ars Electronica is to honor new and extraordinarily promising ideas and to support the process of developing them further. Men and women worldwide who have developed but not yet implemented a concept in the fields of art, design or technology are encouraged to apply for this grant. The recipient will receive a cash stipend in the amount of €7,500 and an invitation to collaborate with tht Ars Electronica Futurelab as Artist/Scientist-in-Residence.
The Architectural League of New York – Norden Fund Travel/Study Grants
The Deborah J. Norden Fund awards up to $5,000 annually in travel grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies.
Asian Arts Council – Individual Grants
Each year the ACC funds about one hundred of today’s established masters in their fields and tomorrow’s rising stars in areas which include Architecture (Design, Theory, and History) and Design (Noncommercial).
The ASID awards represent the Society's highest level of professional recognition. In addition to the Irene Winifred Eno Grant noted above, there are other national awards, Student Chapter Awards, and scholarships available.
Department of Transportation -- The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP)
This fellowship awards funds to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines, which includes architecture and human factors. DOT funds between 150 and 200 fellowships per year.
Dumbarton Oaks - Junior Fellowships
Junior Fellowships are for degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD 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 own university.
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—condominiums, cooperatives, townhouse developments, planned unit developments, and other developments where homeowners support an association with mandatory financial assessments, and are subject to use and aesthetic restrictions
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.
Garden Club of America - Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design
This fellowship reflects and promotes the Garden Club of America’s interest in supporting garden history and design, and examining the future of gardens and their unique place in our environment. It is awarded annually to an exceptional graduate student to assist with study and research at a leading American institution.
The Foundation awards grants (pre-doctoral and post-doctoral) for travel
to and residence in Venice and the Veneto. These grants are made to
individuals to support historical study of Venice and the former
Venetian empire and the study of contemporary Venice. Grants will be
awarded for historical research specifically on Venice and the former
Venetian empire, and for study of contemporary Venetian society and
culture. Disciplines of the humanities and social sciences are eligible
areas of study, including architecture.
Graham Foundation – Carter Manny Award
The Carter Manny Award supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects have architecture as their primary concern and focus and have the potential to shape contemporary discourse about architecture and impact the field. Projects may be drawn from the various fields of inquiry supported by the Graham Foundation: architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; the visual arts; and other related fields. The Graham Foundation offers two Carter Manny Awards: a research award for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and a writing award for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. The research award is acknowledged with up to $15,000 and the writing award is acknowledged with up to $20,000.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD)- Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program
The Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant program is intended to stimulate policy-relevant urban research in several ways: by encouraging doctoral candidates to pursue research topics in community, housing, and urban development; by assisting doctoral candidates in the timely completion of the dissertation research; and by providing an arena for new scholars to share their research findings. HUD competitively awards one-time grants of $15,000 per student each year to approximately 15 doctoral candidates currently enrolled in accredited programs.
International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) -- IAESTE Exchange Program
The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) is an independent, non-profit and non-political student exchange organization. It provides students in technical degrees (primarily Science, Engineering and the applied arts) with paid, course-related, training abroad and employers with highly skilled, highly motivated trainees, for long or short term projects.Areas of eligibility include: Textile technology, Architecture, Architectural Studies.
International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) - Vercille Voss Graduate Student Member Scholarship
This $2,000 scholarship is for a graduate student pursuing an advanced degree in interior design or related field.
Mellon/ACLS -- Dissertation Completion Fellowships-Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. Architectural history is an eligible category.
Metropolis Magazine – Next Generation Design Competition
The Metropolis Next Generation® Design Competition was launched in 2003 to promote environmental activism, social involvement, and entrepreneurship among young designers. Every year the editorial team identifies what it believes is the most critical issue facing the built environment and challenges the Next Generation to solve it.
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) - Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship in Textiles and Costume History
The Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship exists to promote research incorporating the textile and fashion collections of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Applications are encouraged in all areas of textile and costume history.
Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation -- Traveling Fellowship Program
The purpose of the Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation Traveling Fellowship is to enable students in graduate degree programs in the history of art, architecture, interior design, and the decorative arts to travel to London to pursue research projects related to any aspect of the work of Sir John Soane or Sir John Soane's Museum and its collections. Annually, the Foundation entertains and reviews proposals from qualified candidates from universities and institutions around the world. Two awards are presented - one to a student of architecture and the second open to all candidates.
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.
Smithsonian Institution (SI) -- James Renwick Fellowship in American Craft
This felllowship is available 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.
SOM Foundation – SOM Prize
The SOM Prize and Travel Fellowship are two annual awards that are administered as a single competition. The awards are given to students and recent graduates of Architecture, Design (including interior design, landscape architecture, environmental graphics or industrial design ) and Urban Design.The SOM Prize in architecture, design and urban design is a $50,000 research and travel fellowship. A second award, the $20,000 SOM Travel Fellowship, offers an applicant the opportunity to expand his/her professional education beyond the classroom through the observation of buildings, design, culture, and history that can only be achieved through travel.
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. The awards consist of a $2,000 stipend for a junior scholar and a $6,000 award for a senior scholar.
Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) - Charles E. Peterson Fellowship of the Buildings of the United States and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia
In a joint program with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to offer an annual fellowship that will support the participation of a graduate student in the research and writing for a volume in the Buildings of the United States (BUS) series and/or SAH Archipedia, the Society’s online architectural resource.
Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)- Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship
The Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the National Park Service's Historic
American Buildings Survey (HABS) permits an architectural historian to work on a 12-week HABS project during the summer.
Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) - H. Allen Brooks Traveling Fellowship
The Society of Architectural Historians’ prestigious H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship will allow a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. The fellowship is not for the purpose of doing research for an advanced academic degree. Instead, Prof. Brooks intended the recipient to study by travel and contemplation while observing, reading, writing, or sketching.
Urban Land Institute – Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition
This competition challenges multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data. This is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that any of the submitted schemes will be applied to the site. The winning team receives $50,000 and the finalist teams receive $10,000 each.
U.S. Capitol Historical Society – Fellowships Fellowships 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.
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.
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.
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 for the dissertation fellowships include material culture, architecture, decorative arts, design, consumer culture, garden and landscape studies. Dissertation fellowships are for up to $14,000.
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.
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 explores through its exhibitions and special programs the critically important role of design at the height of the industrial age (1885-1945) in the context of social, political, and technological issues.