Student and Emerging Professional Scholarship Opportunities


Docomomo US is excited to offer an expanded number of scholarship and sponsorship opportunities for this year's National Symposium. 

Thank you to the following partners for making these opportunities possible: Sara Marsom/Tiny Activity Project, Docomomo US/NOCA, Mills + Schnoering Architects, Harboe Architects, PC, and Prudon & Partners.


Tiny Activist Scholarship

Tiny scholarships for people with big dreams! Created in 2017, the Tiny Activist Scholarship is a small scholarship which aims to make continuing education affordable for emerging preservationists by bridging funding gaps.

The Tiny Activist Project will award up to ten $200 scholarships in 2020. Applicants will select whether they would like the scholarship to help with attending either the Docomomo US Annual Symposium (June 3-6 in Chicago, IL) or PastForward, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual conference (October 28-30 in Miami, FL).

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020. 
Scholarship Notification By: April 17, 2020

Due to COVID-19 and the postponement of the Symposium, the application deadline has been extended to May 31, 2020.

Docomomo US/NOCA Travel Grant

The Docomomo US/Northern California (NOCA) Chapter is pleased to offer a travel grant for one student or emerging professional committed to the documentation and conservation of Modern Movement buildings, landscapes, and sites to attend and participate in the Docomomo US National Symposium 2020 in Chicago, IL, June 3–6, 2020.

The 2020 Docomomo US/NOCA Travel Grant provides a single grant (up to $1,000) for related expenses, including (but not limited to): 

  • Registration to National Symposium
  • Travel expenses to and from National Symposium
  • Lodging expenses during the Symposium

The scholarship is open to current undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students enrolled in established institutions of higher learning, as well as emerging professionals who have graduated within the past three years. 

Applicants must be actively engaged in issues concerning the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement. “Documentation” may be in the form of research or scholarship, such as thesis or class projects, related to architecture, design, or planning topics associated with the 20th Century Modern Movement. Preference will be given to applicants with current or previous engagement on topics related to Northern California. Applicants are asked to demonstrate their committed interest in the subject and how the scholarship will meaningfully advance their goals or work. 

The grant recipient will be asked to give a 30-minute presentation following the Symposium to discuss their interests in Northern California Modernism and their experience at the symposium. Presentations may be conducted in person or over video (e.g., Skype).

Within three weeks of the Symposium, the recipient is required to submit an article (500-2000 words) on their experience at the symposium with accompanying photographs. The article will be published in the Docomomo US newsletter.


  1. Statement (in English, up to 750 words) that explains how this grant will meaningfully advance your goals, scholarship, or work. Please discuss your research interests in the Modern Movement in Northern California, how your research will contribute to the scholarship or body of knowledge on Northern California Modernist architecture and design, and what you hope to learn and accomplish by attending the Docomomo US National Symposium
  2. Curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)
  3. Proof of educational enrollment (where applicable)
  4. Proposed expense budget (include estimated expenses, such as registration fees, travel, and lodging)

Application deadline: April 3, 2020.
The grant recipient will be notified in April 2020.

Due to COVID-19 and the postponement of the Symposium, the application deadline has been extended to Thursday, June 4, 11:59 pm, Pacific Time. Applicants will tentatively be notified by July 1, 2020.

Send your application as word document or PDF to under the subject line “Travel Grant Application.” 



Sponsorship Opportunities

The Sponsored Student opportunity allows Symposium Sponsors to donate their complimentary registrations and tour tickets to a student or recent graduate. Currently, there are three Sponsored Student opportunities available, thanks to: Mills + Schnoering Architects, Harboe Architects, PC, and Prudon & Partners.

Travel and accommodations are not included with this opportunity. 

If your firm is interested in providing a Sponsored Student opportunity, please contact us at or (347) 688-2177.

Eligibility and Application:
The program is open to current Masters students or recent graduates (within the last three years) in the fields of Historic Preservation, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Architectural History studying in the United States. Students must submit a CV, statement of interest, and proof of enrollment or graduation. A brief article summarizing the symposium experience and impressions is requested for use in a future Docomomo US newsletter and the AIA Historic Resources Committee newsletter.

Submissions can be sent to with the subject line "Student Sponsorship" by the deadline of Friday June 19, 2020.