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RIBA John and David Hubert Bursary

We are now accepting applications for the 2024 RIBA John and David Hubert Bursary.

The aim of the RIBA John and David Hubert Bursary is to provide financial support to students enrolled in a professional qualification in architecture validated by the RIBA as either a Part 1 or a Part 2 course in the UK, who are in situations of forced displacement.

The bursary intends to assist, first and foremost, architecture students who have been forcibly displaced, and with any of the following immigration statuses:

  • Asylum seeker
  • Refugee
  • Humanitarian protection
  • Limited Leave to Remain
  • Discretionary Leave to Remain
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain
  • Section 67 Leave
  • Calais Leave

As well as meeting the above criteria, applicants will be assessed on their demonstration of financial need and commitment to their studies.

Successful applicants will receive £3,000 per academic year for the remainder of their Part 1 or Part 2 course. The maximum bursary amount awarded to any one applicant will not exceed £6,000.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for this bursary, applicants must currently hold one of the official immigration statuses outlined above, and meet one of the following criteria:

  • be enrolled in the first or second year of a RIBA Part 1 course in the UK, or,
  • be enrolled in the first year of a RIBA Part 2 course in the UK, or,
  • be in the process of applying for, or have a place confirmed on, a RIBA Part 2 course in the UK beginning the following September

Applicants currently in the third year of a four year Part 1 course, and applicants studying a Part 1 or Part 2 course part-time with at least one full academic year of study remaining, may also apply.

Before funds are issued to successful applicants, they will need to provide proof of successful completion of the current year of their Part 1 or Part 2, or proof of enrolment if they are applying as a prospective Part 2 student.

Selection criteria

Applications are assessed by members of the RIBA Education Development Group using the following criteria:

  • evidence of immigration status
  • evidence of academic potential and merit
  • evidence of financial need and consideration of the barriers the student has had to overcome to continue their education
  • consideration of their future goals and aspirations as an architecture graduate, and how they hope to achieve them

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 John and David Hubert Bursary 2024’ form to begin your application for this bursary. You will receive an automatic email notification upon submission of your application.

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

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

2023 RIBA John and David Hubert Bursary recipient Ivanna Bakhaieva
2023 RIBA John and David Hubert Bursary recipient Jario Jose Camposano Orihuela


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