ADAM Architecture Travel Scholarship

The Travel Scholarship entries are now closed. The 2020 Travel Scholarship will open for entries in February 2020. The award of £2,000 supports overseas research in architecture, architectural technology and urban design.

Judges will be looking for a significant piece of original research work which can provide an outstanding contribution to architectural knowledge. Applicants from all stylistic backgrounds are encouraged to enter, and offer a fresh perspective on contemporary architecture, to traditional and everything in between.

Who can apply:

The scholarship is open to students enrolled at a UK or International University or School of Architecture, studying RIBA Part I, applicants who are 3 years post their Part II qualification, to studnets studying a CIAT accredited degree, post-graduate course, or equivalent qualification.

First launched in 2005, the scholarship is now in its 14th year and has a proven track record of supporting students to travel overseas to further develop their current research interest or to kick-start something new, often outside of their studies. Previous winners have travelled to Valletta, Japan, Cuba, France, Belgium, Sicily, Rome, Iran and Ethiopia. Read about their research here.

Many past recipients have been invited to present their research at a public event hosted by ADAM Architecture.

The judging panel will include the Directors at ADAM Architecture, plus others invited external judges from business or academia.

The application requires:

  • A completed application form - download a copy of the form here (download and save it before completing the form)
  • A portfolio of work with up to 20 images/pages in printed or digital form, up to 10Mb if emailed
  • A short CV

Applications should be sent to:

Sue Beaumont, Travel Scholarship, ADAM Architecture, Old Hyde House, 75 Hyde Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 7DW

A hard copy of your application and supporting documents is preferred, but submissions will be accepted by email to (max 10Mb)

Entries are now closed. The 2020 Travel Scholarship will open for entries in February 2020.

Talking about his experience, previous Travel Scholarship winner, Sam Little who studied a Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part 2) at the Architectural Association, said, “The Scholarship was fantastic in giving me the impetus to fulfil a project which otherwise would have been left in the locker. It gave me the will and economic means to pursue a trip to Iran to look at 11th century Seljuq buildings. It was a trip which simply would not have been possible without the agency which the scholarship gave me. The whole process was thoroughly enriching and being encouraged to work with freedom helped to place an emphasis on the experience of the trip, rather than any rigid preconceived understanding of the subject. I would encourage anyone thinking about applying to do so.”

Speaking about the Scholarship, ADAM Architecture Director Robbie Kerr, a former Travel Scholarship winner himself, commented, “This is a great opportunity for a student or recent graduate to travel abroad to engage in international research in architecture or urban design. It has a proven track record of supporting students to pursue a particular interest, and in many cases their research has had a major influence on their career choices.”

Additional Information and Conditions

Entries must be received at ADAM Architecture’s office by the deadline. A shortlist of entries will be compiled by members of the judging panel. The directors at ADAM Architecture reserve the right to change the panel of judges if circumstances dictate. Students shortlisted to receive the Travel Scholarship will be required to attend an interview to present their research proposal to the panel of judges. This will be in our Winchester or London office, or via webcam if student lives outside the UK. The date for interviews will be announced shortly, and you should make every effort to be available on this day. The overall winner will be chosen by the panel of judges following the interviews.

The prize of £2,000 will be made in 2 equal payments. The first payment at time the scholarship is awarded and a second payment on presentation of the research. If the award is given to a student outside the UK, the prize of £2,000 will be converted into their local currency.

The individual who is awarded the scholarship must be prepared to present his or her work in person to the Directors, other members of ADAM Architecture and selected people within the architectural profession, as decided by ADAM Architecture.

This presentation may take place in London or Winchester and the winner will be expected to make their own travel arrangements. Any requests for assistance with expenses must be sent to Sue Beaumont before any bookings are confirmed.

The research is to be a significant piece of original work. Sources are to be identified and referenced to acknowledge intellectual debt to the authors and support specific facts. There is to be no subsequent change to the title or scope of the project as presented at the interview, unless discussed with the directors.

The completed project is to be presented in the agreed format and within the agreed timeframe. It is recognised however that, for practical reasons, modifications may become necessary, but these are not to be made without the prior agreement of ADAM Architecture. ADAM Architecture will have joint copyright of the research report and reserve the right to publish it in whole or in part.

Proof of travel arrangements and adequate insurance cover for travel and health is required. ADAM Architecture will take no responsibility for travel or other administrative arrangements which are to be made by the chosen student. ADAM Architecture accepts no liability in respect of the personal safety of the winner or any other outcome that may result from the award of this scholarship.

The winner agrees to be available for media interviews should these be appropriate and for their name and images to be made available to and published in the media.

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