During the turbulent economic times of late the industry has seen some of the largest architecture and engineering practices fall from the top, key figures lose out on major projects and many working practitioners face the prospect of losing their jobs. The architecture and engineering profession has become something of a scary place for young and aspiring students, whose ambition and creative talents now need to shine twice as brightly in order to get noticed.
In such a dog-eat-dog environment, students sometimes need a helping hand and that additional support can make all the difference. An educational scholarship can give an extra boost to those whose financial situation makes it difficult to study and is a nice addition to any CV. Here’s a lowdown of some of the major scholarships on offer for the 2011-2012 intake:
AAF Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarships
Run by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Architectural Foundation (AAF), the Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship is open to students from a minority with or without a financially disadvantaged background looking to study an NAAB-accredited professional degree in architecture. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States.
Deadline: 15th April 2011
World Studio Foundation
Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships enable young people from a minority with an economically disadvantaged background to study art and design-based degree courses in the United States through generous donations from individuals, organisations and corporations. Basic scholarships are awarded in the amounts of $2,000–$3,000. One or two top awards may be given in an amount up to $5,000 at the jury’s discretion.
Deadline: 1st April 2011
MA in Architecture and Cities Scholarship for International Students, UK
The Kent School of Architecture in England is offering a scholarship to a new international MA applicant in Architecture and Cities covering 50% of the F/T international student fees. Entry is open to residents outside the EU with a ‘good’ first degree in architecture, planning, architectural history or a related discipline.
Deadline: 30th April 2011
The Aga Khan Foundation
This annual scholarship is open once again to enable students from developing countries to further their studies through a postgraduate course. The Aha Khan Foundation offers entrants aid on a 50% grant and 50% loan basis, with priority given to requests for Master’s level courses. Doctorial degree applications are also considered where necessary.
Deadline: 31st March 2011
2011 Accenture Scholarship for South African Citizens
South African students are welcomed to apply for a scholarship to one of South Africa’s premier tertiary institutions, studying Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology or Engineering: Computer or Electrical, run by Accenture Education Trust. Full scholarships are on offer to students with strong academic abilities.
Deadline: 15th August 2011
85 International Scholarships for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies in Romania
The Romanian Government are offering 85 scholarships to students from non-EU countries for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in architecture, arts, agricultural sciences, science education, and journalism amongst other subjects. Precedence will be given to EU citizens from third world countries with which Romania has executed documents of cultural cooperation.
Deadline: 15th April 2011
Chinese Government Scholarship Program for International Students
Applicants from any country outside China are invited to apply for a scholarship to study in the region run by the Government of China. Subject choice in unlimited however entrants must select one academic programme and three institutions of their preference from Chinese Higher Education Institutions designated by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.
Deadline: April 30th 2011
KM Hatano Scholarships 2011, Australia
Run by Griffith University in Australia, the KM Hatano Scholarships are open to students wishing to study any subject at the institution. Applicants must hold a GPA of 6.0 or above and be currently enrolled in a Bachelors academic programme offered at the Gold Coast Campus of Griffith University. Two scholarships are on offer however previous recipients are not eligible to reapply.
Deadline: 4th April 2011
Women's Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship
The Eleanor Allwork Scholarship is run by the Center for Architecture Foundation and allows educational institutions to put forward an exceptional student in need of financial assistance. The recipient must be a first-professional-degree candidate in New York State returning for their last year of study.
Deadline: 15th March 2011