Architects Foundation / McAslan Fellowship

The Architects Foundation / McAslan Fellowship funds academic travel opportunities for top graduating students and provides mentor relationships with international architects for these students. The Fellowship will be a traveling and study scholarship, funding undergraduate seniors and graduate students for a summer of travel and study. This merit-based scholarship will be awarded to one recipient from the USA annually.

In 2022, the student will engage with McAslan+ Partners and the Manifattura Tabacchi restoration project in Florence, Italy, which features a series of important works by the master architect/engineer Pier Luigi Nervi.

Read the final report from 2019 recipients Shayla Dick and Vaughn Lewis.


To be eligible for the Architects Foundation/McAslan Fellowship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • US Citizen
  • Undergraduate student matriculating from a NAAB-accredited architecture program; OR graduate student attending a NAAB-accredited architecture program
  • Able to travel internationally

Application process

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A Jury shall review the following criteria to select the fellows:

  1. Submit a statement of intent*;
  2. Submit a two-page summary of work;
  3.  Submit three faculty letters of recommendation; and
  4. Submit an official copy of their academic transcript.

*In 500 words or less, the applicant should describe why they are applying for the Fellowship and what they hope to achieve during the period of study. The applicant should also explain how the Fellowship will further their professional goals after they have completed the program.

Mentor and Schedule of Study

AF and JMP will identify a mentor for the student. The mentor will provide advice about the travel plans, and the recipients will be asked to finalize their itinerary. Travel should ideally occur between June-August of the year the fellowship is awarded. The majority of travel should occur in the host country, allowing for some flexibility based upon the proposal.  Travel outside the host country shall occur under the mentor’s guidance.

The recipient is to meet or be in contact with their mentor several times throughout the award cycle—to discuss travel itinerary, to meet in person at the beginning of the trip, to meet halfway through the trip to discuss progress and to certify disbursement of second payment; and at the end of the trip. After the trip, the participant will be asked to produce a summary piece on their experience. This will be distributed through AIA/Architects Foundation channels.

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2020 Selection Committee:

John McAslan, Hon. FAIA Executive Chairman, John McAslan + Partners (Chair)
Heather Macey Associate, John McAslan + Partners


Thank you to our scholarship sponsors!