RIBA Norman Foster Traveling Scholarship

Deadline: 25 April 2014
Open to: students who are enrolled in an RIBA or CAA validated degree programme or in a programme from a specially invited school or architecture centre
Scholarship: £6,000


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. They provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put their members – in the UK and overseas – at the peak of their profession. The RIBA is now inviting applications from architecture students at RIBA/CAA-validated schools around the world for the 2014 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship. The RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has been running since 2007.

The spirit of the scholarship is based on Lord Foster’s own experience as a student of architecture: ‘As a student I won a prize that allowed me to spend a summer travelling through Europe to study first hand buildings and cities that I knew only from the pages of books. It was a revelation – liberating and exhilarating in so many ways. Today it is my privilege to fund the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, which I hope will have a lasting legacy – offering the chance for discovery and the inspiration for exciting new work – for generations to come.’


Eligible students must:

  • be enrolled in an RIBA or CAA validated degree programme or in a programme from a specially invited school or architecture centre
  • have successfully completed at least the first year of a Part 1 degree.

Each school can only submit one application produced by one student.


The RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, generously supported by Lord Foster and Foster + Partners, offers one travelling scholarship of £6,000 to a student of architecture to support international research on a topic and at locations of the student’s choosing.

The travel should take place between June-October 2014. The topic of the research should however, relate to the survival of our cities and towns and fall under one of the following themes:

  • learning from the past to inform the future;
  • the future of society;
  • density of settlements;
  • sustainability;
  • use of resources;
  • quality of urban life;
  • transport.


Deadline for submitting complete applications is 5pm on Friday 25 April 2014.

The application consists of:

  • one completed application form signed by the student and the Head of School and
  • one A1 ‘poster’ presented as a pdf file detailing the proposal (topic, objective, locations). Applicants are restricted to 500 words for the poster submission and the file size should not exceed 5 MB. Applicants that exceed these limits may jeopardise their chances of success.

Completed submissions must be uploaded to the scholarship FTP site. Please email scholarship@fosterandpartners.com to request login details. You do not need to submit a printed copy.

For further information, please visit he official website.

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