Prizes and Awards

Student prizes will be updated on this page as more information becomes available. Please check back here for more details when announcements go out via email.


Currently listed prizes:

  • Butler Traveling Fellowship
  • KPF Traveling Fellowship





Butler Traveling Fellowship

Due: February 28, 2023



This fellowship is available to all graduate M.Arch students who will be in their thesis year. It is specifically intended to fund summer travel/expenses in support of thesis research. The faculty will evaluate the anonymously submitted proposals, and the prize winners will be announced after the prize committee meets to make decisions. 


Notes on the Proposal:

1. The judging is completely anonymous. Prizes are awarded solely on the strength and clarity of your proposal. Therefore, do not place your name on your proposal. Instead, you must use a pseudonym. Also, attach a sealed envelope to your proposal with your real name inside and the pseudonym on the outside. These will not be opened until all of the judging and award distribution is complete. Despite the School’s small size, we will  take all  necessary steps to ensure a fair and anonymous selection process.

2. The Butler Travelling Fellowship will be awarded to all proposals of exceptional promise. In past years, the prize money has typically  been divided between four to six winners. However, this number and the respective monetary distribution are at the discretion of the jury.

3. The proposal should not exceed two 8.5”x11” pages. It must contain:

  1. Proposal Statement: The what and why of your area of study
  2. Research Method:  How the research will be carried out
  3. Travel Itinerary: Where, when and how of your travel/research
  4. Budget Outline:  General breakdown of anticipated expenses

4. The proposal should be rich with inventive thinking and considered research. It should prove that you have a project or a proposition for which specific travel money would be necessary in order to further the research. In other words, you need to prove that travel funds are critical to acquiring or accessing  research fundamental to the proposition. 

5. The proposal should be a well-framed project with specific questions and hypotheses. Avoid writing definitive statements with pre-determined conclusions. You want to present compelling evidence that you have an intelligent grasp of your subject matter, you have a hypothesis/trajectory and you’ve defined a creative approach to that hypothesis. Funding for supplemental research is rendered a bit irrelevant if you have already formed the conclusion. 

6. Be realistic and specific with the time and budget. Outline an appropriate travel itinerary and anticipated budget breakdown. This will require travel research and specifics. A vague proposal to travel to Europe is less convincing than a proposal that identifies particular (even peculiar) approaches to travel, locations, access, material acquisition, etc.

At the conclusion of the summer travel, each Butler prize winner will be required to submit a travel report with receipts in Concur. 





The Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) Traveling Fellowship

Due: TBA (April 2023)



See below for submission requirements as a guideline, if nominated to apply. Please send a digital copy of your application to Dan Claro (, but place the physical copies of your applications in his mailbox.



Each year, Kohn Pedersen Fox presents three $10,000 awards to students who are in their penultimate year at one of the twenty-seven design schools with whom KPF has chosen to partner. The goal of the award is to allow students to broaden their education through a summer of travel before their final year at school. 



  1. Students from twenty-seven schools of architecture are eligible: American University of Beirut, Architectural Association, City College of New York, Columbia University, The Cooper Union, Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, Pennsylvania State University, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Rhode Island School of Design, Rice University, Syracuse University, Tongji University, University of Cambridge, University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Yale University. 
  2. Any student in the penultimate year at one of those schools is eligible. Students may be in either a Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture degree programs. The application is made by the student, but must be approved by the dean of the school. Each dean may nominate two students from the class. 


Submission Requirements

  1. A portfolio of fifteen one-sided pages at 11” x 17” or smaller, in pdf format. 
  2. All work should be executed by the student alone. No work executed in an office - unless it has been designed and drawn solely by the student - should be included. 
  3. The first page will be a one sided 8 ½” x 11” sheet with the applicant’s name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, school attending, signature of the dean, and signature of the applicant indicating permission for display/publication of portfolio and subsequent travel report images on the KPF Websites. This page should contain a statement of the student’s travel itinerary and the rationale for these travel plans. It should be easily detachable and should be the only page with any personal or identifiable information about the applicant. 
  4. The portfolio should be delivered or sent to Susan Green, Kohn Pedersen Fox, 11 West 42nd Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10036, 212-977-6500. 
  5. The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 11th, 2022. 
  6. Jury in April. 



  1. The jury will consist of two principals of KPF and three outside critics. The judging will take place at KPF during the month of April. The jury will consider the work after the first detachable page has been removed to assure anonymity. 
  2. All students submitting a portfolio will be informed of the results of the jury’s decision as soon as possible. 



  1. The fellows are encouraged to complete their travel during the summer of the year of the award. They are required to complete the trip within one year of the announcement of the award. 
  2. A check for $8,000 will be sent to the fellows two weeks after the awarding of the scholarship. 
  3. Fellows are required to submit to KPF, upon completion of their travel, a report including the student’s reason for travel, the places visited, and the lessons learned. Visual material, either photographs or drawings or both, should be included. The format and size of the report is entirely at the student’s discretion. 
  4. Upon KPF’s receipt of the report, an additional check for $2,000 will be sent to the fellow. 


Further questions and inquiries to Susan Green, KPF 212-977-6500. Email: