RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship


The 2014 Judging Panel © Aaron Hargreaves, Foster + Partners

2015 RIBA Normal Foster Travelling Scholarship launched

The RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, generously supported by Lord Foster and Foster + Partners, offers one travelling scholarship of £6,000 to a student of architecture to support international research on a topic and at locations of the student’s choosing.

The topic of the research should however, relate to the survival of our cities and towns and fall under one of the following themes:

  • learning from the past to inform the future
  • the future of society
  • density of settlements
  • sustainability
  • use of resources
  • quality of urban life
  • transport

The travel should take place between June-October 2015.

Upon the completion of the travel the student will be invited to present their research to an audience at Foster + Partners in London. A graphic, photographic or written interpretation of their report will also be displayed during the RIBA President’s Medals Student Award exhibition at the RIBA in London in December 2015.

Eligible students:

  • must be enrolled in an RIBA or CAA validated degree programmes or in a programme from a specially invited school or architecture centre AND
  • must have successfully completed at least the first year of a Part 1 degree.

Each school only can submit one application produced by one student. The deadline for applications has now passed. The successful recipient will be notified in due course.

For more information, please contact Hayley Russell on hayley.russell@riba.org.


To view entries from 2013 and 2014, please click on the links below:

2013 Online Exhibition


2014 Online Exhibition


About the scholarship

The RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has been running since 2007. 

The spirit of the scholarship is based on Lord Foster's own experience as a student of architecture: 

'As a student I won a prize that allowed me to spend a summer travelling through Europe to study first hand buildings and cities that I knew only from the pages of books. It was a revelation - liberating and exhilarating in so many ways. Today it is my privilege to fund the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, which I hope will have a lasting legacy - offering the chance for discovery and the inspiration for exciting new work - for generations to come.'

Thanks to the generosity and support of Lord Foster and Foster + Partners, the scholarship has supported seven students seeking the same inspiration.You can read about their travel experiences below.

2014: Buffer Landscapes 2060

2013: Charles Booth Going Abroad

2012: Material Economies: recycling practices in informal settlements along African longitude 30ºE

2011: Sanitation: a case study across eight metropolises

2010: In search of cold spaces

2009: Ancestral cities, ancestral sustainability

2008: Role of public transport in shaping sustainable humane habitats

2007: East: exploring and experiencing the East Asian Communist city