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RIBA's McAslan bursaries still up for grabs

Time is running out for architects wanting to get their hands on a cash handout from the RIBA McAslan Bursary.

The deadline for the scheme, which was set up to support up-and-coming architects and engineers working on environmental or community-related projects in the world's poorest areas, is now just over three weeks away (entries close on 15 December).

Backed by the John McAslan Family Charitable Trust, the programme offers bursaries worth up to £10,000 for individuals or teams working on medium-term projects, ideally with a focus on 'environmental, ecological and resource conservation- for the benefit of a deprived community'.

Successful applicants will be expected to contribute at least 25 per cent of the total project costs - either through sponsorship, direct grants from other organisations or group fund raising.

Last year bursaries were given out to three different projects, the biggest award going to Claudia Amico, who received £6,500 to help build a workshop centre in the Community of Women, Senegal.

To qualify, applicants must either:

be enrolled in an RIBA-validated Part 1, 2 or 3 course or a course with candidate status in the UK or overseas, or have been granted a place of study in a validated or candidate architecture course by the beginning of the period covered by the bursary (Part 2 only);

be enrolled in a joint board of moderators (JBM) accredited undergraduate, or JBM-approved postgraduate, programme;

have graduated from an RIBA-validated Part 1, 2 or 3 course or a course with candidate status within the past five years and be working in an architectural practice; or

have graduated from a JBM-accredited undergraduate, or JBM-approved postgraduate, programme within the past five years and be working in the field of engineering.

Preference will be given to applicants who are RIBA student, graduate or chartered members or who are ICE members.

More details can be found at www.riba.org

by Richard Waite

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