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RIBA Norman Foster Scholarship in UK 2021

RIBA in partnership with Norman Foster Foundation is taking applications for the RIBA Norman Foster Scholarship award for exceptional and pioneering Architects in the UK in 2021.

The RIBA Norman Foster Scholarship award is for a scholar of architecture who displays the prospect for exceptional accomplishment and original thinking on issues that relate to the viable survival of cities and towns.

Candidates may hand in a proposal for research on a topic in their home nation or at (an) international location(s). Both national and foreign research plans should relate to the sustainable continued existence of our cities and towns and fall under one of the listed themes:

  • Learning from the past to influence the future
  • The future of society
  • Density of settlements
  • Use of resources
  • Quality of urban life
  • Transport

Worth of RIBA Norman Foster Scholarship

The RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship award provides £7,000.

Selection criteria & process

The judges will look to award a candidate who displays the prospect for outstanding accomplishment and original thinking on matters relating to the survival and the future of our cities and towns.

Submissions will be assessed by a committee comprising:

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The successful candidate will be informed after the judging in June.

Eligibility for RIBA Norman Foster Scholarship

To be qualified to apply, candidates have to be enrolled in, and have successfully finished at least the first year of professional qualification in architecture from an institution invited by the RIBA.

Each invited institution can hand in one application only for the scholarship award from one of its present students, and each school decides its own method of selecting its candidate.

How to Apply for RIBA Norman Foster Scholarship

Once chosen by your school, candidates will be required to submit the following:

  • one filled out application form signed by the candidate and by the Head of School.
  • one A1 ‘poster’ submitted as a pdf file describing the proposal (topic, objective, locations). Candidates are limited to 500 words on the poster submission, and images have to be high-resolution.
  • Finished applications (comprising the application form and A1 ‘poster’) have to be handed in through a web-based file transfer service (like WeTransfer) to[email protected]
  • Applications gotten after the closing date will not be given consideration.

Please deliberate carefully on your choice of font size, font colour and background colour to guarantee legibility of your panel. You are not required to submit a printed copy.

Please make sure that your name, your advisor’s name, and the name of your School of Architecture / University are NOT stated anywhere on your poster.

Media supporting resources are welcome as MP3 or MP4 files. Although restrictions to the length of these files are not enforced, candidates should consider that the judges have limited time to evaluate them; as such, they recommend a maximum length of 2 minutes per file.

The RIBA and the Norman Foster Foundation do not assert rights of proprietorship to the applications handed in for the RIBA Norman Foster Scholarship award. By applying for the scholarship award, the candidate(s) agree(s) to allow the RIBA and the Norman Foster Foundation to use, exhibit and publish their entries in print and digital publications for all resolves in relation to the RIBA Norman Foster Scholarship award and associated non-commercial reasons.

For any questions regarding the application procedure, please get in touch with Gillian Harrison at the RIBA through the email [email protected].

Very Important

The start of the period of travel for the successful candidate will be dependent on the respective government’s verification that the travel intended may be safely undertaken.

Before travel, the successful candidate will be needed to complete a health risk evaluation that satisfies the approval of the RIBA and the Norman Foster Foundation.

Application Deadline

The closing date for applications is 5 pm (GMT) on Friday, May 28.

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