RIBA Student Hardship Funds

RIBA Student Hardship Funds

To discuss your application or eligibility prior to submitting, please contact Hayley Russell on +44 (0)20 7307 3678 or on hayley.russell@riba.org.

Fundingnotes

The purposes of the RIBA Student Hardship Funds are to:

  • alleviate financial hardship
  • widen participation in architectural education
  • reduce student drop-out rates.

Any RIBA Student Hardship grant will be awarded from
either the RIBA Education Fund or the RIBA Walter Parker
Fund.

The RIBA Education Fund is a separate charity created in
1997, which aims to promote education and research and
help relieve students of architecture experiencing financial
hardship.

The RIBA Walter Parker Fund is funded by the bequest of Walter J Parker, who left a legacy to support the apprenticeship and professional training of architects experiencing financial hardship.

If you're an architecture student (either studying or undertaking practical experience) in hardship or who needs extra financial support, and meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply to the RIBA Student Hardship Funds.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants should be able to prove that they are in financial hardship when applying to the RIBA Student Hardship Funds. The assessors are particularly looking to support students from low income households or where circumstances beyond their control have meant that they are struggling financially.
  • The RIBA Student Hardship Funds are open to students studying an RIBA-validated Part 1 or Part 2 architecture course, or with RIBA candidate status, in the UK. (Or in the case of applying for support with practical experience, students who have graduated from an RIBA-validated Part 1 or Part 2 architecture course, or with candidate course status)
  • 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 3 years prior to the start of their first course in architecture.

The purpose of the hardship grants is to help architectural students who are experiencing exceptional financial hardship to continue their studies. Because the funds available each year are limited, the trustees will not normally make exceptions to the above criteria. However, if you consider that there are unusual personal circumstances that have prevented you from meeting all the criteria, you may contact Hayley Russell on +44 (0)20 7307 3678 or on hayley.russell@riba.org, to explain your situation and check whether an application would be accepted.

Application process

Students need to complete an application form and diversity monitoring survey and submit it along with the supporting documents to the RIBA Education Department by the application deadlines stated below. Please ensure that you read the guidance notes before completing this form as it provides key information about the content of the application form and full details of the assessment process.

We are now accepting applications for the 2013-14 academic year.

Please note that the funds are limited, and grants can only be made for as long as the funding remains. If the Funds are exhausted before the end of the academic year, we may not be able to accept applications later in the year.

Grants can be awarded, for example:

While studying

  • To students from low income households where their parents are unable to provide any necessary financial assistance. If you are under the age of 25 at the beginning of the academic year, we ask for information on parental income. If you are over 25, then it is optional to complete this section.
  • For general living and course costs that are not already covered by other forms of financial help while at University.
  • For those who have experienced exceptional personal difficulties throughout the course of their studies that have impacted on their financial situation.
  • For students who encounter exceptional costs, or unexpected financial hardship during the course of their architectural education because of situations such as illness, bereavement or changes in family circumstances.
  • For specific, one-off costs, such as course-related equipment or study trips. You will need to explain why this is integral to participation in your course and show you have no other means of funding it.

While undertaking or seeking practical experience (which is compliant with the PEDR)

  • To students from low income households where their parents are unable to provide any necessary financial assistance. If you are under the age of 25 at the beginning of the academic year, we ask for information on parental income. If you are over 25, then it is optional to complete this section.
  • For costs associated with interviews for professional experience placements.
  • For relocation costs for professional experience placements.
  • For travel expenses, including public transport and international travel costs for professional experience. We only accept the costs of a car if you have exceptional reasons for doing so.
  • For general living costs for students who will be undertaking a period of practical experience in a not-for-profit organisation.
  • For those who are thinking of giving up or not accepting a professional experience placement because of financial restrictions.

For more examples of how grants have helped previous applicants, please view our case studies page.

For more information regarding the RIBA Student Hardship Funds, please contact Hayley Russell, Education Projects Coordinator on +44 (0)20 7307 3678 or on hayley.russell@riba.org.

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