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SOM Foundation China Fellowship Programme 2021 for young Chinese Students.

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Application Deadline:  Friday, April 23, 2021. 

The $5,000 China Fellowship is awarded annually to three students in the last two years of either an undergraduate or graduate program in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design at a university in the People’s Republic of China. The Fellowship provides financial support to conduct independent travel and research that contributes to the SOM Foundation’s current topic.

Eligibility

The applicant must be enrolled at a university in the People’s Republic of China.

The applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student in the last two years of an accredited degree program in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design.

The applicant must intend to obtain an accredited degree and to enter the professional practice of architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design.

Chinese citizenship is not required.

Students from China who are enrolled at universities outside the People’s Republic of China are not eligible for the award.

Students enrolled at universities in the People’s Republic of China who are attending universities outside the country as a part of a “study abroad” program are eligible for the award.

Application Requirements

Cover Sheet (download).

Portfolio:

  • The portfolio is expected to be in Chinese. English translations are welcome but are not required. The jurors who evaluate the submissions speak and read Chinese.
  • The portfolio should include a maximum of twelve (12) one-sided A4 pages. A cover page is not required; if the applicant includes a cover page, it will be counted toward the maximum 12 pages that are allocated toward the portfolio.
  •  The work submitted must be the student’s own work, completed at the university where the candidate is enrolled, and/or work prepared for other design competitions. Given the collaborative nature of most university programs, group work is allowed. However, it should be used sparingly. The candidate’s role in the group project must be clearly explained in the portfolio.
  • Candidate’s work that was prepared in a professional office should not be included in the portfolio.
  • Self-identifying information should be redacted or removed from all pages of the portfolio. Examples of identifying information include applicant’s name, city, photo, university, classmates’ names, and professors’ names. The purpose of this requirement is to maintain anonymity of the applicants when the jurors review the submissions.

A Proposal:

  • Applicants should develop a research proposal that explains how the trip relates to this year’s topic, their interests and learning objectives, and how they and the profession may benefit from their travel studies.
  • An English translation is required.
  • The Research Proposal is limited to two (2) one-sided A4 pages in total, which includes both the Chinese and English translation.

Travel Itinerary using the following guidelines:

  • Corresponding with the Research Proposal, applicants should develop a travel itinerary that includes specific locations, sites, buildings, and professionals that you intend to visit, and include prospective interviews.
  • An English translation is required.
  • The Travel Itinerary is limited to two (2) one-sided A4 pages in total, which includes both the Chinese and English translation. A breakdown of travel expenses is not necessary.
  • The travel must take place outside of China and be a minimum of three weeks’ duration.

Application Format

Application should be:

  • PDF format. Cover sheet should be sent as a separate PDF file.
  • A4 pages, either portrait or landscape orientation.
  • 16 pages maximum (not including cover sheet).
  • 50 MB maximum.

Official Website: SOM Foundation China Fellowship

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