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, Miscellaneous 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 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 June 2nd, 2017.


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 Disabled Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The scholarship is open to disabled veterans of the United States Armed Forces who will be enrolled full-time in an accredited community college, college, university, trade, or vocational school in the fall of 2019. Your disability rating must be at least 30%.Write an essay to win a $1000 scholarship.

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 $1000 scholarship

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.

Financial aid and Scholarships for Hispanic Students. This site lists different opportunities available for Hispanic, Latino, first generation, migrant & undocumented Students

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 $1000 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 December 15th.


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.



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.


A-1 Auto Transport Annual Scholarship. Provides three scholarships annually ($1,000, $500, and $250) to winners of an essay contest on a topic relating to A-1 Auto Transport (topic suggestions are provided on the scholarship page). Deadline is March 10, 2019.

Activia Training Scholarship. Receive an annual scholarship fund of $1,500 by writing a blog article or creating a video submission on one of the given topics.

Addiction Awareness Scholarship. Write an essay that describes the views of those passionate about drug and alcohol addiction and the effects it has on people, their health, society, and more to win $1000- $6000. Deadline is December 22nd.

All Year Cooling Academic Scholarship. Provides a $1,000 scholarship to the winner of a 500-word essay contest about how you see your future career helping others and/or businesses. Deadline is May 31, 2019.

Annual Scholarship of Matthew L Sharp Law Offices. Every year we offer a $1,000 scholarship to a student who submits the strongest essay focusing on the given topic.

Annual Upgraded Points Student Scholarship. Write an essay for a chance towin a $1000 scholarship.

Best Axes Guide Scholarship. Applicant will have to submit a well written essay, info graphics or article (1000-1200 words in MS word) on the topic “Best Outdoor Activity“. for a chance to win $3500. Annual December deadline.

Burrus Research Scholarship. Write a 500 word essay to win a $1000.

Cancer Horizons Scholarship. Open to any student who has been diagnosed with any type of cancer. $1000.

Cardinal. The Cardinal Digital Marketing Scholarship Fund will grant two students each $500 to be used towards tuition and related expenses like books.Applicants will be asked to write an essay between 1,000-2,000 words telling us their entrepreneurial experience and how this scholarship would help achieve more growth for the student and our economy.

CGTrader. Write and submit an original essay on the topic “Our life on a spaceship: the future of mankind” for a $3,000 scholarship. Annual December deadline.

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund. offers fellowships to graduate students who are United States citizens attending an accredited and designated institution of higher education within the United States (including Penn).

DontPayFull Annual Student Scholarship. We offer $1000 every year to one eligible student across each institution type (High School, College or University) in the United States.

Environmental Litigation Group. Write a 500-1500 word essay on what it takes to fight cancer for a chance to win up to a $5,000 scholarship.

FormSwift Scholarship Program. Create a business plan infographic about a startup, restaurant, non-profit, transportation, or clothing company. Awards multiple $1,000 scholarships throughout the year.

Go Clean. Write an article on “How to keep environment green and clean” having 500 to 750 words length. Deadline 3/31/19.

PasteGraduate Programs Foundation. Eligibility: Graduate Programs will award $1,000 scholarships to current graduate students or $1,000 towards student loan payments for recent grads within the last five years. To apply, rate and review your graduate school program on their website and enter their quarterly scholarship drawing.

Hooked to Books Scholarship. Write an essay on how a book changes your life to be eligible for a $2000 scholarship.

Institute of International Education. Administers over 250 programs on behalf of sponsors that offer international fellowships, scholarships, loans, professional development and more. Program search tool allows students to search for programs by region, field of study, sponsor name, etc.

Keller Law Offices Scholarship for Higher Education. Keller Law Offices is offering a $1,000 scholarship to the student who submits the strongest essay focusing on the given topic.

KidGaurd Scholarship. Write a short essay on one of the websites prompts to receive a scholarship between $500-$1000. Deadline is every October 31st.

LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas. For exchange programs between the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Law Offices of Steinberg, Goodman, and Kalish Annual Academic Scholarship. Every year we offer a $1,000 scholarship to the student who submits the strongest essay focusing on the given topic.

National Debt Relief Scholarship. National Debt Relief will award 5 scholarships of $1,000 each to outstanding college students pursuing studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

Number 1 Auto Transport Scholarship. Submit a short essay on any topic relating to auto transport. $500 scholarships awarded twice annually, with deadlines of August 1 and January 1.

OppU Achievers Scholarship. Submit a short essay responding to the prompted question. Winners of $2,500 each are selected four times a year, with submission deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30.

Pennsylvania Tour Guide Scholarship. We've recently started our $1,000 "Tour Guide" scholarship that asks students to give us a look into their favorite places or an upcoming trip with friends or family. Annual December deadline.

Posirank. Win a $500 scholarship by writing a 1000 word essay. Deadline 3/31/19.

Pretty Actions Scholarship. Write an 800 word essay to win $500.

Roothbert Fund Scholarships. Created in 1958 by Albert and Toni Roothbert to help men and women in need of financial aid to further their education. Scholarships may only be applied to study at an accredited institution based in the United States. The Fund seeks candidates who are "motivated by spiritual values," and works to foster fellowship among them.

Simpleinstallments Scholarship. Write an essay to win a $500 scholarship.

Strom & Associates Academic Scholarship. We are offering one $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship committee will select the student who submits the best essay focusing on the given topic.

Sweets College Scholarship. Awards $2500 to answer this question: 'What is your favorite building on a college campus from a design aspect and why?' Annual December deadline.

Typology Central. Write a 1000 word essay on one of the websites prompts. $500 or $2000 scholarship.

Upgraded Points Scholarship. The topic for Essay: "Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world" Award: $1000. Annual December deadline.