RIBA Education Fund

Apply for funding

The RIBA Education Fund makes grants to Part 1 and Part 2 students of architecture in the UK experiencing financial hardship. The size of the grants awarded vary according to the applicant's individual circumstances. They will not, however, exceed £2,000 in one academic year.

Eligibility criteria

  • The RIBA Education Fund is open to students studying an RIBA-validated Part 1 or Part 2 architecture course, or with RIBA candidate status, in the UK.
  • Applicants should have successfully completed the first year of an RIBA-validated Part 1 course in the UK.
  • The student must have been resident in the UK full-time for at least three years prior to the start of their first course in architecture. 

Please read the Guidance Notes for Applicants for full details and eligibility criteria. This also includes useful links to other sources of funding, and frequently asked questions from applicants.


Application process

To apply for funding, please complete the RIBA Student Hardship Funds application form and read the Guidance Notes which includes important information about how to complete the application form. 

Applications are accepted throughout the academic year, but funding is limited and grants can be made only for as long as there is funding available, so applicants are advised to apply early.  

Please contact Hayley Russell via email or call +44 (0)20 7307 3678 if you have any questions about the application process or to check your eligibility for a grant.

Supporting graduates undertaking professional experience

Qualifying as an architect involves a combination of academic studies and professional experience. If you are an architectural student at post-Part 1 on your year out, or have completed your Part 2 and are working towards your Part 3, you may still be eligible for support from the RIBA.

The RIBA Walter Parker Bursary supports graduates experiencing financial hardship with the transition into professional practice. You can also apply to the RIBA Student Hardship Funds for support with this.

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