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Application procedure for AA bursaries for new AA Postgraduate School students

• You must apply by the early deadline for admission to the School, in order to be considered for an AA Bursary.
• You must indicate on your application form in the box provided that you wish to be considered for an AA Bursary.
• Upon receipt of Official Offer Letter students will be notified by email of the opportunity to apply for a bursary.
• Bursary application form and financial evidence must be submitted by the deadline outlined on the bursary application form.
• The AA Postgraduate Bursary Committee, bases its decision on a combination of outstanding merit, financial need and recommendation from the AA Graduate School Programme Director/s.
• Applicants will be informed if bursary has been awarded or application has been unsuccessful. • Successful application must send official confirmation of acceptance of bursary and offer to the AA. Please note, the bursary award cannot be used towards payment of the deposit.

Application procedure for AA bursaries for current AA Experimental students

• Please contact the Registrar’s Office in mid March for an AA Experimental Programme Bursary application form for the following academic year. (Please note that AA Bursaries must be applied for on a yearly basis.)
• The deadline for completing and returning the AA Bursary application form is mid May (exact date stated on form).
• The AA Experimental Bursary Committee, which meets in July to distribute the awards, bases its decision on a combination of outstanding merit, financial need and recommendation from the student’s AA Unit Master/s.
• Please note that any student in receipt of an AA Scholarship is not eligible to apply for an AA Bursary.

Amount of financial assistance

An AA Bursary award covers a proportion of student fees from between half a term to one-and-a-half terms of tuition fees for the academic year. Please note: any Bursary is awarded on the understanding that the student is not in receipt of an additional award that is more than the value of one term’s fees.

List of AA bursaries


Enid Caldicott Bursary

A bursary was established in 1978 in memory of Enid Caldicott, who was involved with the AA first as a student and then as a member of staff, working for 35 years in the library. It is awarded annually to British students.

Charlotte Coudrille Bursary

Charlotte Coudrille, who died in 2001, ran the AA Accounts Office for a number of years. Marian Keys, who used to work for Charlotte Coudrille has established the bursary, which will be awarded annually to a student who is in need of financial assistance. (Please note that this Bursary Award is for £2000.)

Elizabeth Chesterton Bursary Fund

AA alumnus and former Councillor Dame Elizabeth Chesterton OBE, who died in 2002, left a generous bequest in support of bursaries for British students at the AA.

Mike Davies Bursary Fund

This bursary fund, established in 2008 in support of British or UK-based students within the AA’s five-year architecture programme, rewards innovative thinking and application in design. It is generously supported by AA alumnus Mike Davies CBE, founding partner of Richard Rogers & Partners (now Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners) and current AA Council member.

Fletcher Priest Foundation Bursary

The Fletcher Priest Foundation, established by AA alumni Keith Priest (AA President, 2011–13) and Michael Fletcher, has made a generous commitment to the AA Foundation to support a number of bursaries for deserving undergraduate AA students in need of financial assistance.

Anne Gregory Bursary

A bursary is offered each year in memory of Anne Gregory, who died while in her first year of study at the AA.

Marjorie Morrison Bursary

Marjorie Morrison MBE, AA Slide Librarian from 1935 to 1975 and researcher until 1985, died in 1992 in her 92nd year, having bequeathed a generous sum to the AA Foundation for the purpose of 'helping a student through the school or for such other purposes as would be of benefit to the students’. The sum was modestly increased by donations from among Marjorie’s friends. The bursary is awarded in her memory each July.

Andrew Szmidla

Andrew Szmidla kindly left a bequest to be used to fund bursaries for students with Eastern European heritage/connections.

Alvin Boyarsky

Alvin Boyarsky was the chairman of the AA from 1971 to 1990, transforming the School into a much-admired and internationally respected forum for architectural experiment and debate. The bursary is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Eileen Grey

Eileen Gray was an architect and designer who is particularly known for her houses and furniture. She took a great interest in the AA and when she died it was arranged for a Bursary fund to be set up in her memory.


Other AA awards

AA student work is the School’s greatest asset. In recognition of this, the AA awards prizes and distinctions for work at all levels.

AA Prize

For significant contributions to the AA

AA Travel Studentship

This award was established in 1881 to enable students to travel in the UK or abroad to make drawings of public and other buildings and otherwise improve their knowledge of their profession as architects.

Alexander Memorial Travel Fund

This award, in the name of the Secretary of the AA from 1937 to 1962, is to enable an architecture student or a group of students to travel abroad for the purpose of studying architecture.

Beverly Bernstein Prize

The Beverly Bernstein Prize has been set up through the generous support of friends and family to commemorate Beverly Bernstein’s involvement with the AA, in recognition of her life-long interest and specialisation in housing and development planning. The annual award of £1000 will be given in support of student work in housing and/or urbanism in the developing world, and is run by the AA through its postgraduate programme in Housing & Urbanism.

Nicholas Boas Travel Award

This travel award open to AA students who wish to study Roman architecture and urbanism was established in memory of AA graduate Nicholas Boas (1975–1998). It provides funds for a one-month study visit based at the British School in Rome.

Jane Chu Travel Award

The Jane Chu Travel Award has been set up by a donation from AA alumnus Margaret Chow. The award is in the name of her mother, and will facilitate travel for students working in the field of sustainability.

Howard Colls Studentship

This award is for best drawings at the end of the Fourth Year, and comes from a bequest made in 1911.

A V Custerson Award

Anthony Custerson was passionate about Hooke Park and the use of indigenous and sustainable sources of timber; he left a generous legacy to support students working in this area. Open to all AA students, the annual award of £7500 provides funding to carry out projects at Hooke Park.

Henry Florence Studentship

Established in 1916 in the name of AA President from 1878–79.

William Glover Bequest

This prize was established in 1913.

Holloway Trust

This award was set up by Sir Henry Holloway on behalf of Holloway Bros. Ltd. for the promotion and encouragement of architectural education. This is traditionally awarded for work related to the building industry.

Ralph Knott Memorial Fund

This award was established in 1931 for the benefit of necessitous architectural students.

Anthony Pott Memorial Award

As trustees of this fund, the AA offers an award to assist a study project related to architecture and design. The award is intended to fund original study or the publication of completed work.

Nicholas Pozner Fund

This fund celebrates AA students’ passion and enthusiasm for architecture as explored through drawing. The fund was set up in memory of AA graduate Nick Pozner, as a tribute to the talent he showed during his promising and influential time at the AA, and the impressive precision and beauty of his drawings. The Fund awards an annual Prize for the Single Best Drawing of the year in the AA’s Undergraduate School. The AA is grateful to Nick’s family and friends for the continuing support of this prize.

Henry Saxon Snell Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1909 to encourage design and construction of hospitals and convalescent homes for the aged and infirm poor.

Dennis Sharp Prize

This prize is awarded for outstanding writing, and is open to Diploma students.

As editor, educator and writer, Dennis Sharp was committed through his work at the AA to the development of architectural practice through writing. The prize preserves his legacy and reminds a new generation of architects that writing is an equal part of architectural expression.

The Foster + Partners Prize

This prize is awarded annually to the AA Fifth Year Diploma student whose portfolio best addresses the themes of sustainability and infrastructure. The essential aims of this prize are to forge links between Foster + Partners and the AA and to encourage students to address themes of increasing global relevance to architecture and contemporary architectural discourse.

Alex Stanhope Forbes Prize

This prize is for work in the field of colour.

Michael Ventris Memorial Fund

This award is open to candidates of at least RIBA/ARB Intermediate status or equivalent. The fund was established in 1957 in memory of Michael Ventris and in appreciation of his work in the fields of Mycenaean civilisation and architecture. It is intended to promote study in those areas and is available to support a specifically defined and achievable project.

Julia Wood Foundation Prize

This prize for the most promising student in the AA’s Foundation programme was established in 2004 in recognition of Julia Wood’s dedication and contribution to the success of the Foundation Course.

Best Technical Project for Third Year

Best Technical Project for Fifth Year

History and Theory Studies Writing Awards

Established in 2012, the HTS Writing Awards aim to encourage students to have greater ambition for their written work, for the best HTS essay in First, Second and Third Year. This work can take the form of essays completed within the HTS programme or observations, critiques or analyses from unit/studio work.

For non-AA sources of funding please see this PDF


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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.