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​RIBA Student Support Fund

Throughout its history, and in the spirit of the founding principles enshrined in its Charter, the RIBA has always regarded the training of architects and the education of all individuals into the benefits of architecture as being at the core of its existence.

To show its support of excellence and talent in architectural education, for 180 years the Institute has awarded generous scholarships and prestigious prizes to support students and graduates at all levels of the professional training in architecture. For the past 20 years alone, the RIBA has helped approximately 700 students and distributed over £1.3 million.

Eligibility criteria

The RIBA Student Support Fund assists students of architecture enrolled in RIBA Part 1 and 2 courses in the UK who are experiencing financial hardship. Students should consider applying for this fund if they meet any of the eligibility criteria listed below:

  • can clearly demonstrate evidence of a financial deficit
  • have experienced extraordinary or unforeseen events or expenditure which has significantly impacted their level of income
  • can show evidence that all options for funding have been exhausted; i.e., they have applied for the full entitlement of government funding (tuition fee loan and maintenance loan/grant) as well as university bursaries (if eligible for these)

How to apply

The autumn 2020 application cycle is now open.

To apply, please read the guidance notes and complete the application form. Application forms should be submitted with all required supporting documentation in one email to

A checklist of the supporting documentation you need to provide can be found in Section 9 of the application form.

The RIBA is committed to driving equity and inclusion within architectural education. To help us monitor and achieve this we would be grateful if you could complete this Equal opportunities monitoring form and enclose with your application. This form will be separated from your application upon receipt and will not be included in the assessment process. The information provided here will be treated as confidential and will be used strictly for the purposes of monitoring equal opportunities and for no other purpose.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Friday 27 November 2020.

Applications received after this time will not be considered.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please email Student Support.

Supporting students

The RIBA Student Support Fund is only able to make these grants due to the ongoing support and generosity of donors. You can support students and make a donation online.

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