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​RIBA AHR Scholarship

We are now accepting applications for the Part 2 bursary scheme from students beginning their Part 2 studies in September 2024.

The RIBA AHR Scholarship has been made possible thanks to the generous support of AHR Architects.

The scholarship aims to address a perceived lack of inclusivity at the Part 2 stage of the professional qualification in architecture by supporting talented students who have demonstrated commitment to their studies and to the profession, who might struggle to cover the costs associated with their course.

The scholarship wishes to support students from low-income households by awarding one scholarship of £7,000 to one student throughout their RIBA Part 2 course in the UK.

The recipient of the scholarship is assigned a mentor, an architect based at one of AHR’s UK offices, and is encouraged to attend regular meetings with their mentor throughout the course of their Part 2.

The recipient is also offered the opportunity of a four-week work placement at an AHR office, supervised by their assigned mentor. This will be a paid position and is designed to fit into the recipient’s academic timetable.

Successful applicants studying full-time will receive £1,166.50 per term throughout the course of their Part 2 to a maximum of £7,000. Successful part-time applicants will receive the same maximum amount in payments proportionate to the length of their studies.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship in the 2024 application cycle, applicants must be in the process of applying for a RIBA Part 2 course in the UK beginning in September 2024.

  1. Applicants do not need to have a place confirmed at the time of applying but will need to list their first and second university choices in the application. Proof of enrolment will be required before the scholarship is paid to successful applicants.
  2. Applications are welcomed from those classified as ‘Home Students’ only. Under the UK university fee status definition, ‘Home Students’ are those living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK.
  3. Applications will be accepted from full-time and part-time students.
  4. In the case of two equally good applications, preference will be given to applicants who are RIBA Members. RIBA Student Membership is free to students studying on RIBA-validated courses.
  5. Employees of the RIBA, AHR, trustees or members of the RIBA Education Development Group will not be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed on the following:

  • evidence of the applicant’s academic performance, commitment to studies, and potential contribution to the profession
  • the applicant’s personal circumstances and journey to architecture
  • the applicant’s household income and financial situation

Applications will be assessed by a panel comprised of members of the RIBA Education Development Group and representatives designated by AHR.

How to apply

Please read the guidance notes (PDF) in full before submitting your online application. These guidance notes contain important details about the information you need to provide in the online form.

Access the online application form

You will need to follow the instructions to register for an account first, and then select the RIBA AHR Scholarship 2024 form to begin your application for this scholarship. You will receive an automatic email notification upon submission of your application.

The deadline for applications is 3pm (BST) Friday 14 June 2024. Applications will not be accepted after this time.

Following the deadline, the application process will follow the timetable below:

  1. Processing/shortlisting of applications: throughout June/July 2024
  2. Interviews for shortlisted applicants: August 2024
  3. Recipient notified: as soon as possible following interviews
  4. The first instalment of funding will be available in October 2024, provided the recipient has confirmed their enrolment

If you have any issues with the online application form, please email

2023 recipient

Nuala Moya Durkin, recipient of the 2023 RIBA AHR Scholarship

Nuala Moya Durkin is the recipient of the 2023 RIBA AHR Scholarship that will support her Part 2 studies at the University of Cambridge.

On receiving the scholarship, Nuala said:

"I am incredibly thankful to RIBA and AHR for selecting me as the recipient of this year's award. The scholarship will be invaluable over the next two years for my personal and professional development. I am excited for what the next two years hold and look forward to seeing how my connection with AHR and practice can positively affect the research and design work I complete in Cambridge.”


If you have any questions about this scholarship, please get in touch with the RIBA Education Projects team at

This email address is monitored Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Image courtesy of Nuala Moya Durkin, recipient of the 2023 RIBA AHR Scholarship

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