Graduate Admissions

Outside Scholarships

Below is a list of some outside scholarship sites that are not affiliated with Penn, but that may be available to our graduate students. We also encourage students to do their own research, either through the web or the library, for more possibilities. Questions regarding specific scholarship eligibility, status, etc. should be directed to the organization sponsoring the scholarship. acts as an outside scholarship database. Students will be able to set up their own personalized profile which will use to better determine the outside scholarships they are eligible for. Often these scholarships will vary in type, from something as simple as drawing a name out of a hat to an entire application, portfolio, etc. We recommend applying to as many as possible, you never know what will happen!

Scholarship opportunities are arranged by the following:

Discipline, Identity, Region, Community/Social Justice, Academic and Scholarship Resources



The Deborah J. Norden Fund. The Architectural League of New York established the Fund in 1995 in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden and awards up to $5,000 annually in travel grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies.

Houzz Scholarship. The Houzz Scholarship Program is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older who are enrolled in a design or architecture program at an accredited college or university. Award is $2500. Deadline is June 30th and December 15th anually.

Robert L. Outland Women and Minority Scholarship + Internship. MOA ARCHITECTURE offers an annual architectural scholarship and paid summer internship award to students in accredited architectural programs. These awards are designed to support and provide opportunity to learn and gain practical experience in concert with the individual’s educational process to better prepare them for their chosen career in architecture.

The Tile Contractors’ Association of America’s 2020 Architecture Scholarship for Professional Degree Candidates $5,000. Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA) has had the honor of awarding annual merit scholarships to outstanding architectural students. TCAA is committed to rewarding high achieving students who will lead their industry, shape the language of design, and create new ways to give shape to their vision for public and private space as art for habitation.

The Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architectural Scholarship Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation is intended to recognize and foster students who have a demonstrated talent and passion for architecture. Applicants pursuing a graduate degree in architecture from an NAAB accredited architectural program are eligible for this scholarship. In addition to awarding an annual stipend, a summer internship at one of ZGF’s offices will be offered.

City Planning:


Fine Art:

Artist Protection Fund. The Artist Protection Fund (APF) is a three-year pilot program at the Institute of International Education. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, APF will make life-saving fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of artistic endeavor, and place them at host universities and arts centers in safe countries where they can continue their work.

Greater than Gatsby. Open to any visual arts major. Win this annual $10,000 scholarship by submiting 3 photos of your best photogrpahy along with a 500 word essay describing your interest in photography and/or the relation of photography to your chosen career or passion.

Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship. Eligible candidates are graduate and post-graduate visual artists and musicians of exceptional talent who wish to pursue advanced artistic studies in Paris, France during the upcoming academic year. Annual deadline of January 31st.

Working Artist Org. Provides multiple $1,000 art awards throughout the year to support artists' ongoing art making processes.


Historic Preservation:


Landscape Architecture:

American Society of Landscape Architects Fellowships. The ASLA has a listing of scholarships and fellowships for students pursuing degrees in Landscape Architecture.

Garden Club of America. Lists various awards for students of Landscape Architecture.

Houzz Scholarship. The Houzz Scholarship Program is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older who are enrolled in a design or architecture program at an accredited college or university. Award is $2500. Deadline is June 30th and December 15th anually.

The Smart Service Scholarship. Submit a short video (or written) essay and an application. Deadline September 1, 2020.


Big Data Analytics Scholarship Award. Our organization is offering a bi-annual $2,000 merit-based scholarship to students who plan to pursue or are currently working toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the data science field in such areas as computer information systems, business analytics, statistics or computer science. We are now seeking qualified applicants for our September 1, 2020 deadline.


American Association of University Women offers fellowships and grants to women studying in the U.S. for graduate school or postdoctoral research.

American Indian Graduate Center. Awards graduate fellowships for American Indians from federally recognized tribes.

Ankin Law Office Scholarship for Military Veterans. The Ankin Law Office Annual Scholarship for Military Veterans recognizes the sacrifice our veterans and their families have made for our country. Part of that sacrifice includes delaying education and training to serve our country. We hope this $1,000 scholarship will help the award recipient transition to a civilian career. Write an essay for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Deadline July 15, 2020.

Association on American Indian Affairs. AAIA has a long history of providing scholarships to college students, for both graduate and undergraduate students. Funding is made available due to the generosity of donors, therefore the number of scholarships provided varies from year to year.

Cyprus Children's Fund. This Foundation has a couple of different scholarship options for students who have origins in Cyprus and/or Greece. Please visit their website for application details.

Gensler Diversity Scholarships. Awards African-American students enrolled in U.S. not-for-profit NAAB-accredited architecture programs with academic scholarships and summer internship opportunities.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Open to graduate and undergraduate students of Hispanic heritage, who are US Citizens or legal Permanent Residents enrolled full time in a US university.

Japanese American Citizens League Scholarships. The JACL National Scholarship and Awards Program offers scholarships to graduate students who are active JACL Members.

Keller Law Offices Annual Scholarship for Military Veterans. For veterans or family members of veterans. Write an essay to win $1,000 scholarship.

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation. The scholarship recipient is selected on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, school activities, and community services. Each applicant must submit an application to the respective KASF region, in which each region is designated by the state where school is located.

The Kosciuskzo Foundation Tuition Scholarships support American students of Polish descent for graduate studies at colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $7,000 are awarded on a competitive basis for one academic year. .

Leukemia Scholarship. If you or a family member have been affected by leukemia tell your story to apply for a $1,500 scholarship.

LGBTQ Financial Aid Resources provided by

Margaret McNamara Education Grants. Awards education grants on a competitive basis to exceptional women from developing countries who are enrolled as full-time students for the following academic year in accredited universities in the United States and Canada, have demonstrated financial need and are committed to working to empower women and children.

P.E.O. International Scholarships. The Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) promotes educational opportunities for women and award annually the International Peace Scholarship and P.E.O. Scholar Awards.

Taraknath Das Foundation offers grants averaging $4,000 to $7,000 to graduate students holding Indian passports and enrolled in American universities in any field of study. Applicants should have completed one year of graduate work in the United States.

Veterans & Military Family Scholarship. Write a 500 word essay to win a $1000 scholarship. Deadline is June 15, 2020.


International Education Financial Aid. Requires no marketing information and is a very comprehensive search engine for international scholarships.

International Facility Management Association Foundation. The IFMA Foundation annually awards individual scholarships ranging in value from $1,500 to $5,000 to students enrolled in facility management or FM related programs (FM related programs include, but are not limited to, construction management, architecture, interior design and some engineering disciplines). In addition to the scholarship value, recipients also receive fully funded travel, accommodations, meals and registration to attend IFMA's World Workplace.

The John R. Mott Scholarship Foundation. Students native to the region of Calabria, Italy who are enrolled in any accredited post-secondary school are encouraged to apply. Scholarships for up to $10,000/year are awarded.

Plan NH Fellowship and Scholarship. Students studying Architecture, Interior Design, Studio Art, Mechanical Engineering or a field related to planning, design and development of the built environment are eligible to apply for a Plan NH Fellowship or Scholarship. Students must be residents of New Hampshire.

The Rowe Fund is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans of up to $15,000 USD.

Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction. Scholarship program for Canadian citizens and permanent residents that reside in Alberta, Canada to support graduate study outside of Alberta.

The Thouron Award is a leading international scholarship program promoting the relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. Graduates of British universities receive support for up to two years for a graduate (post-graduate) degree program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Community/ Social Justice

Byron Hanke Fellowship. Awarded by the Foundation for Community Association Research. Available to graduate students working on topics related to community associations. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited master's, doctoral, or law program in the United States of America or Canada. Students of all disciplines are welcome to apply for the Hanke Fellowships, provided their studies and the topic of their proposed community associations research project relate to community associations. offers scholarship campaigns all throughout the year where you can win a scholarship by participating in various volunteering and social justice related work.

Graft Travel Grant 2020. In 2020, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler will be awarding a second round of two travel grants (3000 € each)  to fund study or project trips that deal with the topic of climate change and its consequences for the built environment.



The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship is a tuition scholarship and a living stipend awarded to meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies, or with the international aspects of professional or fields of study. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States admitted to or enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or professional programs at the University of Pennsylvania.

Fulbright Program/Institute of International Education (IIE) contains addresses for Educational/Information Centers and Fulbright commissions around the world administering scholarship programs for national citizens. Contact the center from your country directly to find out the latest information.