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2021 Research Scholarship for Architecture Students

A £1,000 scholarship which seeks to encourage the next generation of researchers and practitioners of traditional architecture.

Thanks to the support of Yiangou Architects, INTBAU is pleased to announce the call for applications for a £1,000 scholarship which seeks to encourage the next generation of researchers and practitioners of traditional architecture, and to support research of clear value that would not otherwise be undertaken.

The scholarship seeks proposals that focus on vernacular building traditions that are either local to the applicant, or that are potentially relevant to the applicant’s location. The scope of research should consider:

– documenting and learning from existing buildings as case studies

– assessing factors that might influence present and future viability, such as availability of materials and knowledge of techniques

– suggesting how the chosen building tradition(s) might be adapted and ‘updated’ better to meet 21st century needs

Applicants must be full-time architecture students or architecture graduates who completed their studies in 2019 or 2020. The scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to present their research in some form alongside INTBAU’s 2021 World Congress, which will take place at the Royal Society of Arts in London on 28-29 October, immediately ahead of COP26 in Glasgow.


March- 17 May Application period
End May Interviews with shortlisted students
June – September Research period
4 October Research submitted
28-29 October INTBAU World Congress

How to Apply

An application will consist of:

-a completed application form;

-a portfolio of up to 20 images of your work in PDF format;

-a short CV.

Applications must be submitted by email to by the closing date of 17th May 2021.

Additional Information & Conditions

Students shortlisted to receive the scholarship will be required to attend an online interview to present their research proposal to representatives from the panel of judges.

The scholarship will be awarded in a first payment of £200 and a second payment of £800. The first payment will be made when the scholarship is awarded, with the second payment to be made on presentation of the completed research.

Research must be the scholarship recipient’s own, but should make wide use of available materials and sources. All sources are to be identified and referenced according to an accepted academic standard.

There is to be no subsequent change to the title or scope of the research project as presented at the interview, unless discussed and agreed with INTBAU.

The completed research project must be presented in the agreed format and within the agreed timeframe. For practical reasons, modifications may become necessary, but these are not to be made without INTBAU’s prior agreement.

INTBAU and Yiangou Architects will hold joint copyright of the research with the student and reserve the right to publish it in whole or in part.

INTBAU will take no responsibility for travel or other arrangements which are to be made by the student for the completion of their research. INTBAU accepts no liability in respect of personal safety or any other outcome that may result from the award of this scholarship.

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