Architecture Design External Fellowship Residency

MacDowell Fellowship

Deadline: April 15, 2021 12:00 am

Source: MacDowell

Description: MacDowell provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. About 300 artists in seven disciplines are awarded fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. Travel grants as well as need-based stipends are available to open the residency experience to the broadest possible community of artists. 

Award: A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.

Eligibility: Applications accepted from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. Emerging & established artists welcome to apply. Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency. Doctoral candidates who have finished all coursework may apply. Artists may apply only once every 24 months. 

Deadline: For Fall 2021, accepting applications Feb. 15-April 15, 2021. See website for additional dates.

All Disciplines External Grant

Humanities for All Quick Grants

Deadline: February 15, 2021 5:00 pm

Source: California Humanities

Description: Quick grants are awarded three times a year to small-scale public humanities programs and projects which take place within one year from the award date. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation. Appropriate formats include but are not limited to community dialogues, reading- or film-and-discussion groups, oral history or nonfiction writing or story-sharing workshops, and other types of activities. 

Award: $1,000-5,000

Eligibility: Any California-based nonprofit organization or non-federal public agency is eligible to apply. A cash or in-kind match of the award is NOT required. 

Deadline: 5 pm PT, Feb. 15, 2021

Architecture Competition External Landscape Architecture

Low-Rise: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles

Deadline: February 12, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Organized by the Mayor’s Office and Christopher Hawthorne, the Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles, with support from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the James Irvine Foundation, and Citi.

Description: Low-Rise: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles is a $100,000 design challenge asking architects and landscape architects to help imagine appealing and sustainable new models of low-rise, multi-unit housing. The aims of the competition are: to promote housing affordability, new paths to homeownership, and innovative models of sustainable residential architecture; to support emerging architects and excellence in design; to confront historical patterns of racial and environmental injustice in housing policy in Southern California; and to develop healthy models of post-COVID living. Participants may enter in any or all of the following categories: Fourplex, Subdivision, (Re)Distribution, and Corners. See website for more info.

Award: In each category, cash prizes will be awarded as follows, for a total of 12 winning proposals: $10,000 for first place, $3,500 for second place, and $1,500 for third place. Winning proposals will be collected in a publication, featuring complementary critical essays and reflections on the future of housing policy and residential architecture in low-rise Los Angeles, to be made available in 2021.

Eligibility: Advance registration required. To register, email with the subject line “Low-Rise Design Challenge.” Upon receipt of email, applicants will be sent the full design challenge brief, including detailed submission instructions.

Deadline: Feb. 12, 2021

All Disciplines Grant USC

Zumberge Diversity & Inclusion Research Award

Deadline: February 22, 2021 5:00 pm

Source: University of Southern California

Description: Aimed at supporting research and scholarship that addresses critical gaps in knowledge on equity, diversity, and inclusion, or benefits diverse communities. To be considered for this award, applications must: (a) plan to apply for an externally-funded grant on an eligible topic; (b) provide a realistic plan for sustained funding or support beyond the end of the award; and (c) demonstrate that a Zumberge award will help attract further external research support. Research topics eligible for this program need to address diversity defined to include and not be limited to, characteristics such as national origin, language, race, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, age religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, veteran status, educational background, and family structures. While proposals from individual PIs are eligible, applicants proposing collaborative research activities that are interdisciplinary and involve faculty from multiple USC schools are encouraged.

Award: Up to $30,000 in pilot research support

Eligibility: Full-time tenure track and non-tenure track faculty are eligible. Visiting & adjunct faculty ineligible. Topics eligible for funding from the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute or the Ming Hsieh Institute or not eligible for Zumberge D&I Awards. Faculty who have previously received a Zumberge D&I Award as the PI are not eligible to apply; collaborating PIs on previous Zumberge D&I awards are eligible to apply. Applicants may not apply to the Zumberge Individual award program during the same award cycle. See website for more information.  

Deadline: 5 pm, Feb. 22, 2021

All Disciplines Grant USC

Zumberge Interdisciplinary Research Award

Deadline: February 16, 2021 5:00 pm

Source: University of Southern California

Description: Provides seed funding for broad, collaborative research activities that are interdisciplinary and involve groups of faculty from multiple schools across USC. Successful proposals are led by faculty with strong records of previous research accomplishments. Interdisciplinary awards are intended for teams of such faculty who are preparing a proposal for an externally funded multi-investigator grant on the scale of an interdisciplinary center, training grant or program project award. To be considered for this award, applications must (a) plan to apply to a specific externally-funded grant, (b) provide a realistic plan for sustained funding or support beyond the end of the award, and (c) demonstrate that a Zumberge award will make a difference in attracting further research support. 

Award: Small Research Grants provide up to $10,000 for projects lasting three months or less; Large Research Grants provide up to $85,000 for projects lasting up to one year.

Eligibility: Applicants must be permanent, full-time faculty at USC. Tenure track and non-tenure track faculty are eligible; visiting & adjunct faculty not eligible. Team must include one PI and at least one co-PI. At least two separate schools within USC must be represented between the PI and co-PI. PI must have record of sustained external funding over the past five years. PIs and co-PIs who received a Zumberge Interdisciplinary Award in 2019 or later are not eligible to apply for another award in the same category (Small or Large Research Grant). However, faculty may apply for a Large grant to support activity previously supported by a Small grant. Please see RFP for full eligibility information.

Deadline: 5 pm, Feb. 16, 2021 for Large grants; Small grant proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Architecture Design External Fellowship

2021 CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Architecture & Design

Deadline: May 1, 2021 12:00 am

Source: CINTAS Foundation

Description: CINTAS Fellowships acknowledge creative accomplishments and encourage excellence in architecture & design, creative writing, music composition and the visual arts. Candidates in the fields of architectural design, interior design, urban design and urban planning may submit applications for this fellowship. CINTAS fellows are free to pursue their artistic activities as indicated in their application. 

Award: $20,000 

Eligibility: Creative artists of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). Applicants engaged in research, students, or performing artists are not eligible to apply for CINTAS Fellowships. CINTAS Fellowships can only be awarded a maximum of 2 times to an individual.

Deadline: May 21, 2021

Architecture External History / Theory Landscape Architecture Residency

Critics-in-Residence in Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Deadline: March 12, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Places Journal

Description: Places seeks to build capacity in the ranks of design writers and to raise the cultural visibility and influence of the design disciplines. For more than a generation, the number of practicing design critics has been dwindling. Yet the need for informed and incisive criticism of architecture and landscape architecture remains pressing. Growing demands for greater urban equity and social justice; the accumulating impacts of the climate crisis; the rapid proliferation of new digital and material technologies; increasing calls for professional reform — all are posing challenges for the design disciplines and underscoring the importance of serious and sustained critical discussion. The Critics-in-Residence program will encourage authors to move beyond the limits of the traditional project review and produce wide-ranging essays that are conceptually rich and culturally ambitious, organized around some strong theme or set of ideas. For this inaugural round, two critics will be selected, one in architecture and one in landscape architecture. Residencies will begin in May 2021. 

Award: Critics will be in (virtual) residence with the journal for a term of one year and receive a stipend of $7,500 to write four major critical essays.

Eligibility: The residencies are open to all. Particular consideration will be given to independent authors who are not already benefiting from institutional and organizational resources and support.

Deadline: March 12, 2021

External Grant Heritage Conservation

The Eric DeLony Industrial Heritage Preservation Grant Fund

Deadline: March 1, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Society for Industrial Archeology

Description: The Society for Industrial Archeology offers grants for the study, documentation, recordation, and/or preservation of significant historic industrial sites, structures, and objects. Awards are made to nonprofit organizations and qualified individuals. Contributions of in-kind services, as well as cash resources from the sponsoring and cosponsoring agencies may qualify for matching purposes. Funds may be used for a range of projects including, but not limited to: increasing public awareness of preservation efforts, photography, videography, preparing inventories and developing measured drawings of extant significant industrial sites, structures, maritime facilities and industrial artifacts. Grant recipients must agree to prepare a written summary of their project suitable for publication in either the SIA Newsletter and/or for Industrial Archeology, the Society’s scholarly journal.

Award: $1,000-3,000

Eligibility: Grants are open to qualified individuals, independent scholars, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions. Organizations are preferred over individuals. Substantial participation from state, county, or local history organizations is encouraged, although such groups do not necessarily need to be a sponsoring agency.

Deadline: March 1 (annually)

Architecture External Grant Heritage Conservation History / Theory

Barakat Major Awards Including Conservation and Conservation Training

Deadline: March 31, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Barakat Trust

Description: Supports fieldwork, research, study, exhibitions, conservation and documentation projects, and  training of professionals in fields associated with history, heritage, conservation and archaeology relating to: 
1) the history of art, architecture, and material culture of the Islamic world before 1920; 
2) the archaeological investigation of the Islamic world; 
3) the conservation of artifacts, buildings, and material culture produced in or for the Islamic world before 1920; 
4) libraries, museums, and other public institutions exhibiting the art and material culture of the Islamic world before 1920; 
5) education and training associated with 1-4; and 
6) conferences, exhibitions, and publications associate with 1-4.

Award: Up to £10,000; awards may not be paid directly to individuals and must instead be paid either to the institution to which an applicant belongs or to the institution at or through which an applicant is applying to conduct research or to study. 

Eligibility: Open to established scholars attached to research institutions, curators, and heritage professionals

Deadline: 12 am GMT, March 31, 2021

Architecture External Grant History / Theory

Barakat Publication Grants

Deadline: March 31, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Barakat Trust

Description: Supports the costs of a major publication on the history of the art, architecture and material culture of the Islamic world before 1920, the archaeological investigation of Islamic world, and the conservation of artifacts, buildings and material culture produced in or for the Islamic world before 1920.

Award: Up to £6,000; awards may not be paid directly to individuals and must instead be paid either to the institution to which an applicant belongs, or to the publisher.

Deadline: 12 am GMT, March 31, 2021