PLEASE NOTE: Independent Research Travel Scholarships are on hold in accordance with the prohibition on university-sanctioned travel through August 31, 2021.
Independent Research Travel Scholarships are competitively awarded to SOA students for independent study or advanced research travel. The majority of the funds are designated for international travel.
These scholarships are only for independent student research travel.
Official faculty-led study abroad programs (such as Architecture in Europe), studio trips, any type of external coursework, conference, and residency travel are not considered under this category. Students should check with their studio instructors for off-campus studio funding.
Recipients should be prepared to comply with the student travel policy for international locations.
Group Proposals: Students may elect to travel together in groups of two or more to conduct their research. In cases where students travel together, all students must submit their own individual proposals, including project descriptions (see below). Each research project must be independent and clearly distinct from other projects proposed by those traveling together. The committee will evaluate each proposal individually.
Mebane Recruitment International Travel Scholarship Recipients: Students offered a Mebane recruitment international travel scholarship as part of a recruitment funding package must submit a proposal for review following these deadlines and application process. Include your offer documentation in your proposal.
Proposals for Previously Completed Travel: Travel scholarships may be applied to travel that has already occurred. Scholarships for completed international travel require the same application process as for future travel and must include Education Abroad travel authorization documentation with the proposal to be eligible.
In no case will student travel scholarships be disbursed nor may travel occur after a student's graduation.
Applications for independent research travel are accepted twice each year for travel within the academic year (September 1st to August 31st).
Fall Application (for travel during winter break) - TBD
Spring Application (for spring break and summer travel) - TBD
Travel scholarship application process
Please review the Sample Travel Proposals before you submit your proposal.
You must submit the Qualtrics survey and email a pdf to have a complete application. All applications must be complete and submitted by 5:00 pm on the deadline.
1. Submit the Qualtrics survey
2. Submit one single proposal pdf. Save the pdf file as YourLastName_FirstName and email to Spring_.firstname.lastname@example.org. Include these documents in this order:
Page 1 | Your Travel Scholarship Application Form
*Add your electronic signature after you've combined all the pages into a single pdf.
Page 2 | A one-page résumé summarizing your qualifications
Page 3 | A project description of no more than two pages to explain:
The overall goals of your research. Joint proposal applications must specify which student will complete each part of the research project.
The goals for the travel portion of the research.
The methods you will use to conduct your research.
Why the travel is a necessary part of your research.
The overall importance of the project and how it will benefit your academic career (for example: contribute to your thesis research, professional report, a master design project, etc.).
Your destination(s) and timeline for the travel and completion of the research project.
Detailed travel costs, include the specific amount requested from the School and your individual contribution.
This pdf must be electronically submitted. Hard copies or other file formats will not be accepted.
A faculty committee evaluates the applications and ranks applications based on merit. The committee then recommends how to distribute available funds among the strongest applications. Given the limited funding available, most awards cover only a portion of each student's total travel costs.
Notification and disbursement
The Graduate Admissions and Scholarship Coordinator will notify applicants of the committee's decision. Recipients must follow the Travel Scholarship Recipient Instructions to receive their scholarships.
Changes to approved research or travel proposals
For any changes to the approved travel or research plan, recipients must contact the Graduate Admissions and Scholarship Coordinator in advance of any travel. The proposed changes must be approved by the Travel Scholarship Committee. Failure to receive approval in advance to changes in the travel or research plan will result in returning any funds that may have already been disbursed.
Possible additional funds
If funds remain after the February scholarship process, the Travel Scholarship Committee may issue another call for proposals late in the spring semester that will be announced via the student email list.
Students are also encouraged to pursue other scholarship opportunities to fund their travel, including the Travel Abroad online scholarship database, Global Assist.
Travel scholarship endowments and criteria
Blake Alexander Traveling Student Fellowship in Architecture
To support an annual travel award for a student in the last year of the School of Architecture First Professional Degree Program who has demonstrated high academic achievement.
Leipziger Travel Fellowship Fund
Fifth-year undergraduate or graduate students
The funds shall be used, at the discretion of the dean of the School of Architecture, to allow fifth year or graduate students in the School of Architecture, individually or in groups, to travel to and in Europe to study environmental design or urban design for course credit in the School of Architecture or for the purpose of writing a thesis in connection with a degree from the School of Architecture.
Mike and Maxine K. Mebane Endowed Traveling Scholarship in Architecture
Undergraduate and graduate students
Student support for study abroad programs and academic or research travel.
School of architecture Domestic travel
Undergraduate and Graduate students
To provide support to students in the School of Architecture for study travel in the United States.
Veselka Graduate Research Travel Endowment
Graduate fellowships to be awarded annually, based on merit, for travel expenses related to the preparation of a thesis or dissertation.
William H. Emis III Traveling Scholarship in Architecture
Undergraduate and graduate students
To provide support to students in the School of Architecture for study travel in Europe or Asia.
Contact the Graduate Admissions and Scholarship Coordinator if you have any questions about SOA travel scholarships.