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Graduate Fellowships


Candidates for graduate-level fellowships may qualify upon completion of an undergraduate degree or while enrolled in a graduate program. Postgraduate applicants may be considered.

Schiff Foundation Fellowships

Awarding department: Architecture and Design

The Schiff Foundation Fellowships were established in 1988 to support the work of Chicago-area students of architectural design and criticism. Among the most important student prizes of their kind in the United States, the fellowships are administered annually by the museum’s Department of Architecture and Design and consist of two awards: The Fellowship for Architecture (recent award, $15,000) and the Fellowship for Critical Architectural Writing (recent award, $5,000). Submissions are evaluated by a rotating, independent jury of local and national professionals, and the winning design project becomes part of the museum’s permanent collection.

The Fellowship for Architecture is a design competition open to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students enrolled in architecture programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, or the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Fellowship for Critical Architectural Writing is open to all students enrolled in degree-granting, graduate-level programs (including art history, architecture, journalism, and historic preservation) at Chicago-area universities.

Eligible students for both awards much be preselected by their programs. Please inquire with your school’s administrator for additional details about this year’s awards cycle.

View Schiff Foundation Fellowship alumni.


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