Scholarship Season is Here

by Lisa J. Jennings

At Duke University's West Campus, the elevated pedestrian bridge provides for shady relaxation at the garden's edge.
ASLA 2018 Professional Honor Award in General Design. Legacy and Community: Juxtaposing Heritage and Invention for Duke University’s West Campus. Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture. / image: James Ewing

Typically, February 1 to April 1 is the busiest time of year for scholarship application deadlines.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) are among many organizations that offer a variety of scholarships, awards, competitions, fellowships, and other funding options for students pursuing degrees and careers in landscape architecture.

Take a moment to bookmark the ASLA Scholarships and LAF Scholarships pages, then set aside time to review the full list of available opportunities, many with an application deadline of February 1 or 15.

Tips for getting ready:

  • Begin your scholarship search now (if you haven’t already)
  • Make a submission materials checklist for each scholarship
  • Understand eligibility criteria
  • Highlight deadlines
  • Ask for recommendations ASAP
  • Begin drafting essay responses
  • Meet BEAT deadlines

Both the ASLA and LAF webpages feature new opportunities specifically designed to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession. A few are listed below, but don’t stop there. Ask friends, teachers, and colleagues if they know of funding opportunities offered by firms or other organizations.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship Highlights:

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Worldstudio Scholarships
Deadline: April 2020 (date TBA)

American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects
Deadline: Fall 2020 (date TBA)

ASLA Council of Fellows Scholarships
Deadline: February 1

EDSA Minority Scholarship
Deadline: February 1

LAF Honor Scholarship in Memory of Joe Lalli, FASLA
Deadline: February 1

SmithGroup Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Scholarship Program
Deadline: Fall 2020 (date TBA)

ULI Hines Student Competition
Deadline: December 13, 2019 to register

See this week’s issue of LAND for additional information on these scholarships, plus reminders and tips for applications.

Visit ASLA’s Scholarships and Fellowships page to explore more opportunities, many of which also have upcoming deadlines:

Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships
Deadline: November 1

Rome Prize
Deadline: November 15

Loeb Fellowship
Deadline: January 6, 2020

Please direct questions about ASLA’s scholarships and fellowships or career discovery and diversity opportunities to Lisa J. Jennings at

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