RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship

Image below © Charles Palmer, RIBA Norman Foster Scholar 2015
Guangzhou 2 - Copy-001b



The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Foster + Partners are inviting applications for the 2017 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship. 

The selected scholar will receive £7,000 (an increase from the previous award of £6,000) to travel anywhere in the world in order to pursue research on the subject of the future survival of our cities and communities.

Schools of architecture offering courses recognised by the RIBA internationally and in the UK as well as by the CAA are invited to put one applicant forward (deadline of 28 April 2017). Entries will then be assessed by a panel of judges, including Lord Foster and RIBA President Jane Duncan.

The application form along with further information can be downloaded below:

2017 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship Application Form

For more information, please contact John-Paul Nunes

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.'

The topic of the research should 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.


  • 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.


Thanks to the generosity and support of the Norman Foster Foundation in London, the scholarship has supported ten students seeking the same inspiration. You can read about their travel experiences below.

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