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Application Deadline: 2023 Rotch Travelling Scholarship

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2022 Rotch Scholar

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    Free and open to the public (eligibility restrictions apply)

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The Rotch Travelling Scholarship, the longest-running scholarship of its kind in the United States, provides an opportunity for emerging professionals to receive $40,000 to travel and study abroad for a minimum of six months.

In the first stage of the process, a 72-hour, weekend-long preliminary design competition is held. Finalists from this competition go on to compete in the second stage, a 10-day competition culminating in a design presentation to a distinguished jury.

The Rotch Committee is pleased to offer a glimpse of the preliminary and final program briefs for 2022-2023 (subject to change):

Memory and Continuance
This year’s competition will ask participants to explore how design creates a dialogue between the history of a place and the new imaginaries that shape its future. Place is a shared territory that persists in collective memory and identity, and yet it is also a contested territory where the sense of a shared history is polemicized or rewritten. In responding to present challenges and envisioning future possibilities, proposals will need to examine the processes of preserving, erasing and even replacing artifacts and ideas in the process of making place.

Applications are due at 11:59 PM on January 20, 2023. Learn more and apply on the Rotch website.