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Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

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Scholarship competition and bursary

A number of bursaries and a Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Ability are available for the Master of Studies in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE), starting September 2018.


The IDBE Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Ability

One competitive 50 per cent scholarship is available for an applicant who demonstrates outstanding academic ability. Applications are welcomed from high-achieving professionals in all areas of the built environment from all around the world.

The competition is for the programme starting September 2018. The Combined Graduate Fee for the course is £9,960.00 per year, i.e. £19,920 in total. The scholarship will cover 50 per cent of the total fee for the two-year course (£4,980 in each year).*

To be considered, a complete application must have been submitted via the normal route. Only applicants who meet the standard entry requirements will be considered.

The academic merit of candidates will be assessed based on the following:

  • Past academic record
  • Quality of the dissertation proposal submitted, in particular:

-Significance and timeliness: Does it demonstrate awareness of the state-of-the-art, extend current thinking, or address national or international priority areas?

- Originality and promise: Is it cutting edge, does it tackle a new area or show an innovative approach?

- Quality and rigour: Is it well structured, organised and methodical, and achievable within the time available?

- Relevance to the course: does it fit within the IDBE areas of expertise and interest?

  • Performance during an interview.

The closing date for the IDBE scholarship is 31 March 2018. Please note, this is earlier than the closing date for general applications.

The winner of the scholarship will be notified as soon as possible after the interviews have taken place. The scholarship is not transferable and will be applied as a discount – half to the first year fee and half to the second year fee.

The scholarship recipient must be willing to submit a short testimonial for the CISL website describing their experiences on the course, if requested.

Download the IDBE Scholarship information sheet.

* Please note: The winner must be able to pay the remaining fees of £4,980.00 each year (£9,960.00 in total over two years), and meet the accommodation, food and travel costs associated with attending the residential weeks.


IDBE Bursaries

A number of bursaries worth up to 50 per cent of the combined graduate fee are available for the MSt IDBE 2018 intake on a needs basis. Applicants in receipt of a conditional offer are encouraged to apply to be considered for a bursary if they, or their organisation, do not have the funds to cover the combined graduate fee. Bursaries are normally awarded to candidates from developing countries; self-funding individuals; those affiliated with a non-governmental organisation, the public sector or SME; or have specific circumstances that would prohibit them from attending the course without financial assistance.

The bursaries are available for the programme starting September 2018. The Combined Graduate Fee for the course is £9,960 per year, i.e. £19,920 in total. The bursaries will cover up to 50 per cent of the total fee for the two-year course (up to £4,980 in each year), for entry in September 2018.*

To be considered, a complete application must first have been submitted via the normal route. Only applicants who meet the standard entry requirements will be considered.

The eligibility of candidates will be assessed based on the following:

  • Employment status and location.
  • Need as described in the letter submitted with the application, in particular.  Please provide as much detail as possible.
  • Further details provided during an interview.

Successful bursary applicants will be notified as soon as possible after all interviews have taken place. The bursary is not transferable and will be applied as a discount – half of the agreed bursary applied to the first year fee and half applied to the second year fee.

The closing date for bursary applications is 31 March 2018. Please note, this is earlier than the closing date for general applications.

Download the IDBE Bursary information sheet

*Please note: Recipients must be able to pay the remaining fees, and meet the accommodation, food and travel costs associated with attending the residential weeks.

Please  for further details or to discuss the application process and criteria.

Testimonials

“Living and working on the small Caribbean island of Grenada, although idyllic, felt isolating and disconnected from emerging trends in the built environment… I missed the intellectual stimulation, rigor and experimentation that I enjoyed while at university. I had long considered joining the IDBE program… when the IDBE at 20 scholarship competition was launched, the prospect of attending the course seemed finally in reach.

Being awarded the scholarship and completing the IDBE programme proved to be hugely rewarding. The cohort based structure builds a sense of community that forms the base of support for learning and engagement over the duration of the course. The incredibly diverse student body from all over the world lends a distinctively international outlook to the programme. I have made lifelong friendships and professional connections that continue to be a resource for me in my personal and professional life.

Each residential week was thoughtfully organized to maximize the impact of the lectures, seminars and projects in a compressed timeframe. The tutors, lecturers, supervisors and administration were first rate and were genuinely interested in seeing you succeed. I used my time in Cambridge to recharge and rethink what is possible. I so looked forward to this time when I could “unplug” from the office and immerse myself in my coursework, the city and university. I will miss going to Cambridge and most of all the time spent with the members of my cohort. I would strongly encourage anyone who is looking to reinvigorate and rethink their position within the built environment to apply to the IDBE course.”

Trevor Bullen, winner of the inaugural IDBE Scholarship

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Becky Stanley, IDBE Course Administrator