$100,000 Harvard GSD Wheelwright Award 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    All
  • Country of the Scholarship

    United States
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

    2023
  • Type of scholarship

    Bachelor's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

    Offline
  • Applier's country

    All
  • Expenses covered

    All
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    For Information Regarding The Wheelwright Prize Application And Administration, Or For Media And Other General Inquiries, Please Contact: info@wheelwrightprize.org

Cambridge, MA – The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce the 2023 cycle of the Wheelwright Prize, an open international competition that awards $100,000 to a talented early-career architect to support travel-based research.

The 2023 Wheelwright Prize is now accepting applications; This annual award is dedicated to fostering new forms of architectural inquiry informed by intercultural engagement. This program is open to architects at the beginning of their careers. Applicants from all countries are welcome.

About the Wheelwright Award

The Wheelwright Prize is a $100,000 travel-based research grant awarded annually to early-career architects who have demonstrated exceptional design talent, produced work of academic and professional merit, and show promise for continued creative work.

Throughout its history, Harvard GSD has had a strong global perspective, attracting deans, faculty, and students from around the world. Additionally, a pillar of Harvard’s GSD curriculum is its traveling studio, which emphasizes the acceptance of ideas and practices from a diversity of backgrounds.

The Wheelwright Prize broadens the ethos of the school, fostering a broad approach to architecture that looks to unexpected quarters for inspiration.

The Wheelwright Prize is intended to stimulate innovative research early in an architect’s career. Now open to applicants from around the world (Harvard GSD affiliation not required), the award aims to encourage new forms of research informed by intercultural engagement.

Scholarship benefits

The top applicants for the 2023 Wheelwright Award will receive a $100,000 travel grant, an invitation to a presentation at Harvard GSD, and the opportunity to have their research results published in a Harvard GSD publication.

scholarship eligibility

The Wheelwright Prize is open to emerging architects practicing anywhere in the world. The main eligibility requirement is that;

  • Applicant must have graduated from a professionally accredited architecture degree program within the last 15 years. (Graduates prior to January 2004 are not eligible.) Multiple degree holders may apply, provided they received their professional degrees in January 2004 and January 2023. Applicants do not need to be registered or licensed.
  • Applicants may not have previously received the Arthur Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship.
  • Wheelwright Prize winners cannot have other scholarships concurrently.
  • The Wheelwright Prize is available to individual entrants only; teams or companies will not be considered.
  • Current Harvard GSD faculty, instructors, and staff are not eligible.
  • Winners are expected to spend a minimum of 6 months (cumulative) outside their countries of residence to conduct their proposed research.
  • Proposed research itineraries should not include sites in the United States. Research and travel must begin within 12 months of receiving the Wheelwright Prize and must be completed within two years of receiving the award.
  • The Wheelwright Award is intended for independent study and cannot be applied toward college tuition. However, the grant can be applied to fees for workshops and conferences.
Scholarship/Field Level

The 2023 Wheelwright Prize is intended for students who do not yet have a diploma in Architecture. Access other undergraduate scholarships, click on the link

Host Nationality

The Wheelwright Prize is held in the USA if you are an international student and wish to study in the USA. Check out the best scholarships available to study in the USA.

Eligible Nationality

The Wheelwright Award is available to international students. Also, read if you want to study outside your home country  Simple and detailed answers on how to apply and win a scholarship.

Application Procedures

The application process is entirely online. Mail submissions will not be accepted. The 2023 Wheelwright Prize is now accepting applications. There is a $10 service fee to submit applications (charged by the online platform, not Harvard GSD).
Applicants are requested to submit a portfolio, research proposal, and travel itinerary that takes them outside of their country of residence. Finalists will be asked to travel to the GSD for finalist presentations on March 14, 2023.
The following submitted materials must be in English.

  1. Current CV.

  2. Portfolio (maximum of 10 images); Each uploaded file must contain a single image, not multiple image extensions. Each image must be dated and captioned. The jury is looking for personal work that demonstrates design talent; Student projects may be included. If the work is collaborative and/or company-generated, the applicant’s contribution to the work must specifically involve conceptual development and/or design, and the applicant’s role must be precisely identified.

  3. The portfolio may be supplemented by published articles or research papers written by the applicant. Author works must appear in their original format, with the name of the publication and the date clearly indicated (maximum 3, each clipping will be saved as a separate PDF). If the original publication is not in English, please attach an English-language abstract (maximum 2,500 characters) as an annex to each PDF. If the clipping exceeds 15 pages, create a compact PDF (no more than 10 pages) that includes a cover, sample pages, and a short summary (2,500 characters) of the text.

  4. A written description of the proposed research project (maximum 6,000 characters). Applicants must express the relevance of their project to contemporary practice, paying attention to the award’s emphasis on research that has a potential impact on architectural production. The essay should describe the applicant’s experience or familiarity with their proposed topic, and their suitability to carry out the proposed research. The essay should also address the need for direct or practical research rather than archival research (i.e. justification for the trip) and the benefits they anticipate for their personal and professional development. Applicants will also be asked to write a short summary (maximum 700 characters) of their proposal. This summary is a crucial text,

  5. A travel itinerary, including a list of sites to visit, contacts, and other resources that support the proposed research agenda. Itineraries may include multiple destinations, in multiple countries, excluding the United States. No budget is required.

  6. List of three professional references (full name, affiliation, contact information, and relationship to applicant). Letters are not required at this time.

An international jury will select a winner based on the quality of the applicant’s portfolio, academic achievement, originality or persuasiveness of the research proposal, evidence of ability to deliver on the proposed project, and Wheelwright Prize potential. to impact their future development. . Click on the following link for more information.

Deadline for application:

Applications must be submitted online no later than January 26, annually. Incomplete or late applications will not be allowed.

Frequent questions

The Wheelwright Prize is a $100,000 travel-based research grant awarded annually to early-career architects who have demonstrated exceptional design talent, produced work of academic and professional merit, and who show promise for continued creative work.

The top applicants for the 2023 Wheelwright Award will receive a $100,000 travel grant, an invitation to a presentation at Harvard GSD, and the opportunity to have their research results published in a Harvard GSD publication.

Applications must be submitted online no later than January 26, 2023. Incomplete or late applications will not be allowed.

Click the link below to apply and for more information.

The Wheelwright Award is available to international students.


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