Scholarships and Prizes

PennDesign Scholarships

Departmental scholarships may be based on a combination of need and/or merit and are awarded by the Chair of each Department. Funding for these grants and scholarships come from the various sources listed under PennDesign Awards and are generally given each year of the student's program, provided that full-time status and good academic standing are maintained. Please note that if you are enrolled in a dual degree program and discontinue one of the programs, your PennDesign merit scholarship may be reduced.

Diversity Scholarships

PennDesign seeks to bring students to our school whose backgrounds and experiences offer varying perspectives on living and learning in a multicultural world. In order to accomplish this, we offer special Dean's Diversity Scholarships to students whose backgrounds and experiences demonstrate the ability to contribute to increasing socioeconomic and multicultural diversity awareness at the School of Design. Dean's Diversity Scholarships range from $12,000 to full tuition and vary depending on achievement and financial need. These scholarships are renewable for a student's entire PennDesign career, provided full-time status and good academic standing are maintained. If you would like to be considered for a Diversity Scholarship, please indicate this on the Admissions Application financial aid section. Briefly describe in your Diversity Statement how you would use this opportunity to increase socioeconomic and multicultural diversity awareness in the discipline for which you are seeking admission. Please be aware that the description is restricted to 500 characters (including spaces) and cannot be submitted through any other medium than the application.

The Moelis Scholars Program trains African American and Latinx students to be the next generation of leaders in the field of urban planning. Prospective City Planning students who intend to pursue careers in public/private development or community and economic development are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a 550-word essay describing their "dream job" when they graduate from the MCP program, and ten years into the future. They should describe the process that led them to have this dream and how the MCP degree will help them get there. The essay, and any questions regarding the program, should be submitted to cityplan@design.upenn.edu.

Latin American Landscape Architecture Scholarships

The Department of Landscape Architecture offers scholarships to admitted students from Latin American countries. Candidates are considered for these scholarships, which we call LALAS, during the admissions review process and are awarded the scholarships at the time of their admission. Scholarships are $50,000 spread out over the length of the MLA program.

Outside Scholarships

PennDesign provides a list of outside scholarships on our webiste that may be available to our graduate students.

In addition, Fastweb.com acts as an outside scholarship database. Students will be able to set up their own personalized profile which is used by Fasweb to determine potential eligibility for outside scholarships.

PennDesign Prizes

PennDesign offers a range of awards and prizes.