Niklos Toldi, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2018 Brinkmann Scholarship — First Prize Winner
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Niklos Toldi, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2018 Brinkmann Scholarship — First Prize Winner
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Scholarships

2019 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

Gensler is committed to the education of emerging design talent. The firm has awarded nearly $300,000 in academic scholarships to students and graduates over the last 20 years. Gensler offers two U.S. scholarship opportunities annually for architecture and interior design students.


GENSLER DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
Submission Deadline:  December 9, 2018, 11 p.m. EST

We believe diversity ignites innovation in design. We believe in bringing people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and points of view to work at Gensler. The Gensler Diversity Scholarship awards underrepresented and minority students enrolled in U.S. not-for-profit NAAB-accredited architecture programs with academic scholarships and summer internship opportunities. First prize winner will receive $20k and second prize will receive $10k in scholarships.

Eligible applicants must be:

  • An underrepresented or minority student
  • Enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program
  • Entering into the final year of their current academic program in the Fall of 2019

APPLY HERE

Scholarship Details | Sample Application | Email questions to:


GENSLER BRINKMANN SCHOLARSHIP
Submission Deadline: December 9, 2018, 11 p.m. EST

The Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship was established as a memorial to Don Brinkmann, an inspirational and gifted interior designer who personified the essence of design, vision, and leadership. In this spirit, the Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship awards students enrolled in U.S. not-for-profit CIDA-accredited interior design programs with academic scholarships and summer internship opportunities.

Eligible students must be:

  • Enrolled in a CIDA-accredited interior design program
  • Entering into the final year of their current academic program in the Fall of 2019
  • APPLY HERE

    Scholarship Details | Sample Application | Email questions to:


TIMELINE

2018
Fall: Academic institutions internally nominate eligible students for participation in the scholarship program
December 9th: Online application and materials uploaded from nominated candidates

2019
January 18th: Finalists notified
February 22nd: Select finalists submit digital video
March: Winners notified
Summer: Gensler Internship and funds disbursed to academic institutions


PAST FINALIST VIDEOS

Gensler will review submissions and invite a select group of finalists to submit a digital video creatively introducing themselves to the jury and presenting their work. Here is a selection of recent winners.


SELECT GENSLER SCHOLARSHIP ALUMNI

ROSA MCDONALD
2018 Winner | North Carolina State College of Design
"Winning this scholarship opens doors for achieving my professional goals. The experience I gain will be a strong foundation for my future growth and development."

ALEJANDRO FINOL
2018 Winner | Cornell University
"Winning this scholarship validates my decision to study architecture. It has proved to me that the only way to truly succeed is to put yourself out there and show the world who you are."

FARRE NIXON
2017 Winner | University of Pennsylvania
"Gensler has exceptional staff, engaging clientele, and stimulating projects that will challenge and amplify my abilities as an aspiring architect. There is no other place I’d want to be."

MARIAN PETISON
2016 Winner | Massachusetts College of Art + Design
“This opportunity is a foundation that will set me up for a great career, for which I cannot express how grateful I am.”

CHLOE NEUVIRTH
2016 Winner | University of Nebraska, Lincoln
“The scholarship has provided me with opportunities in the world of design that I have longingly hoped for, and a foundation to grow as a designer.”



FAQs

Please read the detailed Frequently Asked Questions below prior to submitting questions. If you are not able to find the answer to your question, email us at  or .

APPLICATION & ELIGBILITY

Can I apply if I am studying outside the US?
No, you must be enrolled in a US academic institution.

Are former Gensler interns eligible to apply?
No, current employees, recent former employees, and interns of Gensler, as well as their immediate families and those who Gensler deems to present conflicts of interest are ineligible to participate.

Who is eligible to apply?
Diversity Scholarship: Eligible applicants must be:

  • An underrepresented or minority student
  • Enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program
  • Entering into the final year of their current academic program in the Fall of 2019

Brinkmann Scholarship: Eligible students must be:

  • Enrolled in a CIDA-accredited interior design program
  • Entering into the final year of their current academic program in the Fall of 2019

Is there a graduation date requirement to apply?
Applicants must be enrolled in an eligible academic program and begin the final year of your current program in the Fall of 2019. Valid graduation dates from your current program can include both winter (December) of 2019 or spring (April / May) of 2020.

How long should my portfolio submission be?
Diversity Scholarship: Upload a single file, 12-page PDF that includes all submission materials outlined below. Your file size cannot exceed 7MB. Check the resolution and legibility of all images, text, and diagrams. The submission must be clear and legible; no blurry or grainy images will be accepted.

The breakdown of the single file application materials must include:

  • Page 1, Resume: Tell us about your past experience, achievements, academic, and volunteer activities.
  • Page 2: Letter of nomination from the dean or chair of your academic institution that confirms that you meet all eligibility requirements, talks about your design acumen and academic excellence.
  • Page 3-12: One advanced-level architecture project with written description (500 words total throughout the document excluding image captions and 10 pages, maximum).
  • Work done with a single partner may be submitted, but it must include a description of the applicant’s specific contribution and a letter of support from the applicant’s collaborative partner.

Brinkmann Scholarship: Upload a single file, 12-page PDF that includes all submission materials outlined below. Your file size cannot exceed 7MB. Check the resolution and legibility of all images, text, and diagrams. The submission must be clear and legible; no blurry or grainy images will be accepted.

The breakdown of the single file application materials must include:

  • Page 1, Resume: Tell us about your past experience, achievements, academic, and volunteer activities.
  • Page 2: Letter of nomination from the dean or chair of your academic institution that confirms that you meet all eligibility requirements, talks about your design acumen and academic excellence.
  • Page 3-12: One advanced-level commercial interior design project with written description (500 words total throughout the document excluding image captions and 10 pages, maximum).
  • Group projects will not be considered.

What type of program do I need to be currently enrolled in to qualify?
Diversity Scholarship: Applicants must be enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program. To confirm your program eligibility, please visit: naab.org/architecture-programs/school-search.

Brinkmann Scholarship: Applicants must be enrolled in a CIDA-accredited interior design program. To confirm your program eligibility, please visit: accredit-id.org/accredited-programs.

What does the term “underrepresented minority” mean?
At Gensler we believe in bringing people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and points of view to our work.

The eligibility requirement terms of underrepresented or minority students are defined as those that are considered underrepresented within the architecture and design industries and/or those considered diverse from their racial, ethnic, or nationality origins. During the application process, applicants have the ability to self-identify in one or multiple areas of diversity categories.

What if I miss the deadline for application?
We do not accept late applications. Applications are due on or before December 9, 2018 at 11:00 p.m. EST. We highly encourage applicants to submit before the deadline to avoid any technical or file uploading issues.

REVIEW PROCESS

How do I find out if I’ve been selected as a finalist?
The process by which you should expect to receive updates as jury review process progresses is:

  • December 9: Applications are due and you will receive an automated email confirming the upload of your application.
  • Late December: Once the jury has confirmed that you are eligible and has all of your application materials, you will receive an additional email confirming that you meet the eligibility requirements.
  • January 18: You will receive an update stating whether or not you have been selected as a finalist, if you have been selected as a finalist you will be asked to produce a video to further articulate your design process and capabilities.
  • February 22: If you have been selected as a finalist, this is the date your finalist video will be due to the jury.
  • March: Based on the finalist videos, the jury will select winner(s) to receive a financial scholarship and potential internship opportunities.

What does the jury look for when reviewing submissions?
We look for great design that is informed. Great design springs from extensive research and analysis, and we want to understand your process for resolving design challenges. Top submissions will demonstrate how your design solution is informed by facts and creative rigor.

We look for design that is purposeful. Design sustains our communities, celebrates culture, and provides value to those we serve. Successful submissions demonstrate tangible and measurable benefits to people and organizations.

We look for design that is compelling. Make us shout with joy! Bold, memorable, and provocative spaces engage users. The best submissions push the boundaries of creative expression and refined execution.

Can I receive feedback on my application once I submit?
We are not able to provide specific, individualized feedback on your application.

INTERNSHIPS

Do I get to choose my internship location?
During the application process, we ask applicants to note which two offices they might be interested in interning with if selected as a scholarship winner. We ask that applicants research our offices, their current projects, and geographic location to find an office that aligns with your interest. Visit gensler.com/offices to find our more.

Note that we do not guarantee internships. You must be legally able to work in the host offices you select. We cannot accept candidates requiring sponsorship (e.g. H-1B visa status).

Will Gensler pay my expenses for relocating to an office for my internship?
All expenses regarding your move, housing, and living during the program are your responsibility.

Are the internships paid?

Yes, all Gensler internships are paid positions. These specifics will be discussed with the host-office if you have been selected as a scholarship winner.