RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship


2016 RIBA NormaN Foster Travelling Scholarship call for entries


The 2016 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has launched and is inviting applications from schools of architecture around the world. A £6,000 grant will be awarded to one student by a panel of judges which includes Lord Foster and President of the RIBA Jane Duncan. 

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 2016.

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.

Application Form

The application form and guidance notes can be found below:


An application should consist of the completed form above and a supporting poster. The deadline for submissions is 22 April 2016.

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

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.'

To view entries from 2013, 2014 and 2015, please click on the links below:





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

2015: Cycling Megacities

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