Branner, Stump and Beckerman Travel Fellowships
The John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship, Harold Stump Memorial Traveling Fellowship, and Andrew Beckerman Travel Fellowship offer $10,000-$20,000 prizes for international travel and research, awarded annually to Option 2 or 3 Master of Architecture (M.Arch) students in the College of Environmental Design. Fellowships will be awarded for Summer 2023/Winter 2024 travel to students entering their final year of study in Fall 2023. The fellowships support independent travel in exploration of a particular architectural question or issue. Although the topic of research may optionally be expanded as a thesis, it is expected that the experience of travel will enrich the fellow’s design studies. Students submit one application to be considered for all three fellowships.
Upon returning from their travels, Fellows present their findings to the CED community in the form of a lecture and exhibition during the Architecture Spring Semester Lecture Series.
Deadline extended –> January 27, 2023
Enrolled Option 2/3 M.Arch program at CED.
Entering final year of study in the 2023-24 academic year.
Applicants must identify a faculty sponsor within the Department of Architecture for their proposed research. The sponsor is expected to advise the applicant on the formulation of their proposal, as well as its execution if selected for a fellowship.
Prior to beginning fellowship travel, students should be in good academic standing (i.e. have a GPA > 3.0), have the majority of required curriculum courses completed, and be on track to graduate by May 2024.
The online application form must include the following:
Statement of Interest (1 page), a Research Methodology Statement (1 page), a Description of Work Products (1 page), a Detailed Itinerary, and a Budget in .PDF format. You may also include representations of past or current CED work which conceptually exemplifies the value of the proposed research initiative as well as skill in design. Please do not submit more than 10 pages total (including text), and please submit as ONE .pdf file.
CED Prizes & Awards will be accepting applications for the 2023-24 Travel Fellowships beginning in late Fall. Interested applicants may review the Travel Fellowship Information Document for a complete overview of the fellowships and detailed application requirements.
- Fellowships will be awarded for Summer 2023 travel. Fellowship recipients are encouraged, though not required, to travel to specific sites during the Winter 2023-24 break.
- Recipients of funds from the Branner Traveling Fellowship must include France and Italy in their travel itineraries.
- To assist preparation for the Branner Fellowship Application, a faculty member of the Branner Fellowship Committee will lead a proposal writing and research methods workshop November 9, 2022.
- Students submit one application to be considered for all three fellowships (Branner, Stump, and Beckerman).
All questions regarding the Travel Fellowships should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested applicants may refer to the following resources when preparing their fellowship applications:
- Branner Fellowship Portfolios, Proposals and Final Reports located in the Environmental Design Library Reserves (210 Wurster Hall)
SUMMARY OF PROPOSAL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants should carefully review the Travel Fellowship Information Document for complete instructions on how to apply. Please submit all application materials using the online form by the deadline:
- Proposal including: a Statement of Interest (1 page), a Research Methodology Statement (1 page), a Description of Work Products (1 page), a Detailed Itinerary, and a Budget in .PDF format
- Current Transcript (unofficial transcript from CalCentral is acceptable).
The John K. Branner Fellowship was established in 1969 for the purpose of maintaining and providing traveling fellowships to outstanding students of architecture at the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. Since the fund was established, there have been a total of 200 Branner Fellows. Awards are made through the UC Berkeley Graduate Division. The fellowship fund is named for John Kennedy Branner, a prominent Bay Area architect of the early 20th century and the elder son of Stanford University’s second president, John Casper Branner. After completing his degree in architecture at Columbia University, Branner pursued travel and study in Europe, which he believed was formative to his development as a designer. Upon returning to San Francisco, Branner maintained a successful practice specializing in residential architectural design for 46 years. His principal works include Stanford Stadium, numerous residences in Hillsborough, Palo Alto, and Woodside, several fraternity houses at Stanford, and the Mein Estate in Woodside. Recipients of the Branner Fellowship must include France and Italy in their itineraries.
The Harold Stump Memorial Traveling Fellowship enables an outstanding architectural graduate to spend up to four months exploring significant architectural monuments in Europe and other parts of the world. The student is encouraged, through independent travel, to achieve a greater understanding and appreciation of the art and architecture that has influenced the architectural profession throughout history. The fellowship fund was established in 2016 by Lester Wertheimer (M.Arch ’52). The fund is named for Professor Harold Stump (B.A. Architecture ‘26), who taught Wertheimer and encouraged him to apply for the Le Conte Memorial Fellowship, which he received while a student at CED. It permitted him to travel for one year visiting important historic and modern works of architecture and had a significant impact on his life and career in architecture.
The Andrew Beckerman Travel Fellowship provides support to an outstanding architectural graduate student to spend up to four months exploring significant architectural monuments in Europe and other parts of the world. The student is encouraged, through independent travel, to achieve a greater understanding and appreciation of the art and architecture that has influenced the architectural profession throughout history. The fellowship fund was established in 2018 by Andrew Beckerman. Andrew Beckerman graduated from UC Berkeley in 1973 with a Master’s in Architecture. He received the John K. Branner Travelling Fellowship in 1974. His time at UC Berkeley, coupled with that Branner Fellowship, formed the foundation of a successful career in community based architecture and planning.
Please note: Federal financial aid regulations require that all awards received by a student cannot exceed their financial aid need as determined by a congressional formula. It is possible, therefore, that the cash award for a Prize could reduce some component of a needy student’s package of financial aid awards. In these cases, the Financial Aid Office attempts first to reduce loan or work aid; fellowships, grants or scholarships are only reduced as a last resort. Regardless of your financial aid situation, the IRS views fellowships, grants or scholarships that are not directly applied to tuition or other educational expenses as taxable income.