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2018 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship now open to students in the Middle East

The 2018 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship is now open, requesting architecture universities across the world to nominate their students.

Now in its 11th year, the scholarship is open to architecture students enrolled in schools of architecture worldwide, including universities in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Kuwait, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. Full list of eligible architecture schools can be found here. 

A £7,000 (AED 36,000) grant will be awarded to the winner by a panel of judges, including Lord Norman Foster as well as RIBA president Ben Derbyshire.

Norman Foster and 2008 winner Faizan Jawed from the Rizvi College of Architecture in Mumbai, India.

“As a student I won a prize that allowed me to spend a summer travelling through Europe and to study first hand buildings and cities that I knew only from the pages of books. It was a revelation – liberating and exhilarating in so many ways,” said Foster.

“Today it is my privilege to fund the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, which I hope will have a lasting legacy – offering the chance for discovery and the inspiration for exciting new work – for generations to come.”

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said: “This year, we are making the scholarship truly global by inviting 264 schools of architecture to join the 93 institutions validated by the RIBA to nominate their talented students. I would strongly encourage students to apply for this exciting opportunity.”

The scholarship is intended to fund international research on a topic related to the survival of towns and cities, in a location of the student’s choosing.

Past RIBA Norman Foster Scholars have traveled through the Americas, Europe, Africa, South East Asia, the Middle and the Far East, and Russia.

Proposals for research may inclide learning from the past to inform the future; the future of society; the density of settlements; sustainability; the use of resources; the quality of urban life; and transport.

Students can apply at