The UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design offers students a number of financial opportunities in the form of scholarships, need-based awards, teaching assistantships, readerships, graduate student research awards, and work-study opportunities. Awardees strengthen their résumés and curriculum vitae with these awards for future employment prospects. An overview of the sources of UCLA support is provided in the UCLA Application for Graduate Admissions, along with a fellowship application, which should be completed by all applicants who wish to be considered for the Graduate Division fellowships.
The Financial Aid Office at UCLA administers financial support based solely on need. Awards include long-term low-interest loans and work-study funds, and are available only for graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. These students may also apply for Federal Stafford Student Loans through the Financial Aid Office, which are long-term loans made by private lending organizations.
To be considered for extramural funding, apply directly to the funding organization. Most college libraries or financial support offices keep listings of available grants or fellowships. The UCLA Graduate Student Support office maintains extensive notebooks of the many types of extramural awards available. Among these, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and other architecture associations make awards annually.
Recruitment packages are offered to the most outstanding students. All applicants to A.UD graduate programs are considered for recruitment packages at the time their application is being reviewed. No additional applications are necessary to be considered for these awards. Fellowship packages generally cover one to three years of in-state tuition fees including the professional degree supplemental tuition. Based on the current fee structure, the dollar value for each package is about $23,000 for each year of funding offered. Students offered a recruitment fellowship are also offered funds to travel to UCLA for the Spring Open House. M.Arch.II student packages range in amounts from $5,000-$35,000. Ph.D. applicants are usually offered packages in the form of Teaching Assistantships.
Continuing Student Awards
Second-and third-year M.Arch.I students are eligible to apply for Continuing Student Awards based on need and merit. Each year at the beginning of the academic year students submit an application including essay, FAFSA information, and portfolio to be considered. In 2012, forty students applied and won awards ranging in value from $2,000-$7,000.
Teaching Assistantships and Readerships
Second- and third-year M.Arch.I students may apply in the Spring term to be considered for teaching assistantship and readership positions for the following academic year. These positions pay in-state fees and a salary for the awarded quarter. In 2012-2013 M.Arch.I students were awarded nine T.A.ships and fourteen readerships.
Entering Ph.D. students may be offered T.A.ships as part of their recruitment packages, and may also be considered for TAships by applying during their subsequent years of attendance. M.A./Ph.D. students were awarded twenty-nine T.A.ships for the 2012-2013 academic year.
There are two types of work-study programs, the Federal Work-Study program (awards up to $2,000/year), and the Graduate Work-Study program (awards between $5,000-$15,000/year). Students who are eligible to receive federal loans may petition to be considered for one or the other program. We offer several federal work-study positions in the Department. These positions include photographer, graphic designer, audio/visual assistant, shop assistant, exhibitions installer, and assisting with the print lab operations. The Graduate Work-Study Program is for “need-based eligible” graduate students completing part-time paid internships, community service, research projects, or other endeavors closely related to their academic degree program. Students must submit additional paperwork to be considered for the Graduate Work-Study Program.
Work–study positions are made available to those architecture and urban design students awarded UCLA Financial Aid Workstudy package and who wish to work in the Department as graduate student researchers, or as assistants in the computer lab, archive, shop, or gallery. Departmental work-study job applications are available from the Student Advisor. Graduate Student Researcher appointments are available depending on extramural or Academic Senate grants secured each year by individual faculty members. Interested students should contact the departmental office for information about available positions. Readerships are available depending on funding received.
Named Fellowships are available annually to students through the generosity of private individuals, firms, or foundations. In the spring quarter, all continuing students compete in the Awards Day competition for these merit-based scholarships. M.Arch.I students submit design work, while M.A./Ph.D. students submit original written work. A faculty committee reviews student work anonymously for as many as twenty named awards ranging in value from $1,000-$7,500. Some examples are:
Anne Greenwald Traveling Fellowship
Associated Architecture and Urban Planning Alumni Fellowship
Carlin Glucksman Endowed Fellowship in Architecture
Chao-Di Su Fellowship
Clifton Webb Fine Arts Scholarship
Dini Ostrov Architecture Fellowship
Edgardo Contini Fellowship
Edna and Yu-Shan Han Fellowship
Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship
Fine Arts Council Fellowships
Franklin D. Israel Memorial Fellowship
Harvey S. Perloff Fellowship
James Pettit Memorial Fellowship
Jeffrey “Skip” Hintz Memorial Fellowship
Mimi Perloff Fellowship
UCLA Affiliates Fellowships