Docomomo US/NOCA Travel Grant for Students & Emerging Professionals


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The Docomomo US Northern California (NOCA) Chapter is pleased to offer a travel grant for one student or emerging professional to attend and participate in the Docomomo US National Symposium 2018 in Columbus, Indiana, from September 26-29, 2018. 


The Docomomo NOCA Travel Grant provides financial support for students and emerging professionals committed to the documentation and conservation of Modern buildings and landscapes. The intention of the scholarship is to enable one individual to participate in the Docomomo US 2018 National Symposium.


The 2018 Docomomo NOCA Travel Grant provides a single grant (up to $750) 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 3 years.


Applicants must be actively engaged in issues concerning the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement in Northern California. “Documentation” may be in the form of research or scholarship, such as thesis or class projects, related to an architecture, design, or planning topics associated with the 20th Century Modern Movement.


Applicants are asked to demonstrate their committed interest in the subject and how the scholarship will meaningfully advance their goals or work.

Reporting Requirements

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 two 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 NOCA newsletter.


To qualify for consideration of the Docomomo NOCA grant award, please submit your application by June 30, 2018. Details for applying follow.

Application to include:


1. Statement (in English, 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, and how will your research contribute to the scholarship or body of knowledge on Northern California Modernist architecture and design
  • What you hope to learn and accomplish by attending the Docomomo US National Symposium

2. Curriculum vitae (2 pages max)

3. Proof of educational enrollment (where applicable)

4. Proposed expense budget (include estimated expenses, such as registration fees, travel, and lodging) 


  • Applications will close on July 7, 2018 at 11:59PM PST.
  • Please email your submission as a single email attachment (Word or PDF) to under the subject line “Travel Grant Application.”
  • The grant recipient will be notified early July 2018.


About the 2018 National Symposium

The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for professionals to discuss and share efforts to preserve Modern architecture and meet leading practitioners and industry professionals. Held annually, this multi-day conference seeks to engage local participants in cities across the United States, offering participants the ability to interact with and explore a wide variety of significant modern architecture and sites.


The US Modern Movement in architecture is broadly defined as the period from 1930-1970s. Buildings or sites of the period often looked to the future without overt references to historical precedent; expressed functional, technical or spatial properties; and were conscious of being modern, expressing the principles of modern design. The architecture produced during this period took on many forms and represented a range of complex ideology.


The 2018 National Symposium: Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation will feature four days of engaging programming, exclusive tours, and keynote conversations with visionary leaders. The theme of this year’s symposium will explore how investing in the value of good design can make communities better and how new approaches to preservation are positively incorporating our modern heritage into the future of cities.


To learn more about the 2018 National Symposium, visit: