The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (6 October) called for applicants for its RIBA Part 2 Bursaries, with a deadline for receipt of applications as 9 December 2015.
The bursary scheme supports students of architecture looking to embark on an RIBA-validated Part 2 course within the UK. The bursaries will support students experiencing financial hardship who otherwise may not continue with their architectural studies. It is the most generous award made to students in financial need.
In 2016, up to five bursaries of £6,000 will be available to support five Part-2 students for the academic years 2016/17 and 2017/18. Successful students will receive £1,000 a term throughout their Part 2 course (for up to a maximum of six terms).
Funded by the bequest of Walter J Parker, these scholarships have been made possible by the W J Parker Trust to build a legacy of supporting students experiencing financial hardship to enter the architectural profession. These bursaries build on the portfolio of postgraduate funding already available, namely the RIBA Wren Insurance Association Scholarships and the RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship.
RIBA President Jane Duncan said:
“Alongside the RIBA Student Hardship Funds, these bursaries are incredibly important to help support future generations of architects. I am delighted that funds are being directed to tackle the dropout rate from Part 1 to Part 2 in order to address workforce diversity and inclusivity.”
Chair of the RIBA Education Trust Funds Committee Andy Beard said:
“The RIBA is concerned that architecture as a career is becoming increasingly inaccessible to students from less well-off backgrounds. Following on from the success of the scheme last year, from which the five deserving winners are now just starting their Part 2 course, I am delighted that we are yet again able to offer students the chance to apply to the RIBA Part 2 Bursary scheme.
“This scheme allows architecture students from low income backgrounds, who otherwise might not be able to continue with their studies due to the high costs of their course, a chance to continue their education and embark on a Part 2 course. I would encourage any student currently considering applying for a Part 2 course in 2016/17, but worried about having sufficient funds, to submit an application.”
For more information and details of how to apply, please visit www.architecture.com/Part2bursaries.
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Posted on Monday 5th October 2015