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RIBA Part 1 Bursary

We are now accepting applications for the Part 1 Bursary scheme from students continuing their Part 1 studies in September 2024/25.

The aim of the RIBA Part 1 Bursary scheme is to provide long term financial support to Part 1 architecture students who demonstrate talent and commitment to their studies and who might struggle to cover the costs of living and course-related expenditures.

Successful applicants studying full time will receive £1,000 per term throughout the second and third years of their Part 1 to a maximum of £6,000. Successful part-time applicants, or those studying a course with a placement year included, will receive the same maximum amount in payments proportionate to the length of studies.

As part of the RIBA Part 1 Bursary offer, we are pleased to confirm the availability of one RIBA Goldfinger Bursary. This bursary will follow the same selection criteria and offer the same support as the RIBA Part 1 Bursary but will prioritise applicants with a background currently underrepresented in the architectural profession.

Applicants identifying with, and demonstrating, one or more of the following backgrounds will be prioritised for consideration for the RIBA Goldfinger Bursary:

  • an underrepresented racialised group (this would be any applicant from a non-white background, including traveller and gypsy communities)
  • a socio-economically disadvantaged household
  • being the first in their family to attend university

The Bursaries have been made possible by generous donations to the RIBA from Joanna Lewinski, the Rosenberg Memorial Fund, the Goldfinger family, Donald and Nancy Notley, the Charles Peel Charitable Trust, the Shanta Foundation, the Walter Parker Trust, and Hawkins\Brown as well as donations made to the RIBA Education Fund.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be enrolled in the first year of a RIBA Part 1 course in the UK.

Successful applicants will be required to confirm the completion of their first year before funds are released.

Home, EU, and International students are eligible to apply.

Selection criteria

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

  • evidence of academic potential and merit
  • a demonstration of financial need
  • a clear consideration of the applicant's future goals and aspirations as an architecture student, 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 Part 1 Bursary’ 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


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2023 RIBA Part 1 Bursary recipients:

  • Ryän Malik - Kingston School of Art (Bursary funded by the Rosenberg Memorial Fund)
  • Ingrid Mclaren – RIBA Studio (Bursary funded by the Walter Parker Trust)
  • Shekha Melekh Said – Nottingham Trent University
  • Oliver Shone – University of Sheffield (Bursary funded by the Rosenberg Memorial Fund)
  • Maria Isabel Ibarra Simon – Oxford Brookes University (Bursary funded by the Rosenberg Memorial Fund)

2023 RIBA Goldfinger Bursary recipient

  • Neda Domnori - University of Westminster

Ryän Malik, 2023 RIBA Part 1 Bursary recipient
Ingrid Mclaren, 2023 RIBA Part 1 Bursary recipient
Shekha Melekh Said, 2023 RIBA Part 1 Bursary recipient
Oliver Shone, 2023 RIBA Part 1 Bursary recipient
Maria Isabel Ibarra Simon, 2023 RIBA Part 1 Bursary recipient
Neda Domnori, 2023 RIBA Goldfinger Bursary recipient
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