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Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE)

Part-time Master's and Postgraduate Certificate courses from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
IDBE Masters Programme Scholarship Competition launched

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

£10,000 Scholarship Competition

-Please note this competition closed on 31st May 2015-

Following the success of last year’s 20th anniversary bursary competition, we are offering one £10,000 scholarship for a place on the September 2015 programme.

The total fee (College and tuition) for the course is £7080 per year, £14,160 in total*. The scholarship will cover £10,000 of the total fee for the two-year course (£5000 in the first year, £5000 in the second year), for entry in September 2015.

Please note that only applicants who meet our standard entry requirements will be considered (see to check). 

Full details of the course can be found on this website.

To enter the competition, please submit the following documents to or by post to IDBE Office, Department of Architecture, 1-5 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge, CB2 1PX, UK:

1)       A covering letter which must include your name, email address, a description of the global region where you work, and explains your interest in the course (maximum of 300 words)

2)       A CV, including details of your first and any subsequent degrees, and details of all professional employment.

3)       Transcripts for degrees gained.

4)       A proposal for your thesis research (maximum of 1,000 words)**.  This will be assessed against the following criteria:

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?

5)       Two written references which can be academic or professional, or one of each.

Closing date for competition entry: 31st May 2015

Interviews (by Skype) for shortlisted applicants will be scheduled on 10th and 11th June. The winner of the scholarship will be notified by 30th June 2015.  The winner must be able to complete their registration and start in September 2015. 

*Please note: The winner must be able to pay the remaining fees of £2080 each year (£4160 in total over two years), which can be paid in six termly instalments of £694. The winner will also have to meet his or her accommodation, food and travel costs. College accommodation during the residential weeks will cost approximately £135 per week.

**Entrants joining the course will not be limited in their thesis topic to their competition entry.