What is the Scholarship

The Paul Pholeros Scholarship (“Scholarship”) has been developed in the spirit of Paul Pholeros and his lifelong commitment to improving people’s living environments, and investing in the professional growth of young and emerging architects.

Two Scholarships of $3000 each will be awarded annually. The Scholarship funds can be used to cover travel costs within Australia if necessary for the purposes of the study. The next round of calls for applications will be in early 2023.

The area of study is defined by applicants and may include topics such as social housing, sustainable resources, urban planning, responses to impacts of climate change, rural development, Indigenous housing and/or addressing population growth.

Some areas of interest addressed in previous applications were:

Impact of climate change, for example adapting to rising sea levels on Australia’s coastal communities, retrofitting existing social housing according to Passivehaus principles, and improving interlinked water and human habitation management;

Social housing issues -empowering social housing tenants to improve their living environments; and

Arid zone considerations – documenting best practice principles for designing in desert conditions.

Who Can Apply

An Applicant for the Scholarship:

  • is a graduate from a  Master’s level accredited architectural program at an Australian tertiary institution within the last 5 years, and
  • is not completing tertiary studies or other research studies directly related to their proposed area of study.

How to Apply

Eligible Applicants can apply for the Scholarship by completing and submitting an online application form.

The Applicant will be required to provide details about the proposed area of study and to nominate a Mentor for the study. The Mentor will also submit a Mentor online application form.

The role of the Mentor is to provide guidance as needed by the Applicant during the development and implementation of the study, and is not a supervisory role.  The Mentor will also be the Applicant’s nominated referee, to be contacted by the Scholarship Selection Panel for a verbal reference for those Applicants who reach the final stages of selection.  The Mentor does not need to be an architect, however they must have expertise in the area of the Applicant’s Study Proposal

The Applicant and Mentor forms are to be submitted by Midnight AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time) 25 March 2022.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to assess applications by the Scholarship Selection Panel:

  • the applicant is an Eligible Applicant,
  • the Study Proposal is relevant to the social purpose of architecture and improving living conditions in Australian society,
  • the Eligible Applicant demonstrates an appropriate level of skill and experience to perform the study, and
  • the Study Proposal includes a methodology, final product, budget and timeline (if appropriate) that is clear and permissible, and overall the Study Proposal appears to be achievable.

Applications submitted after the Submission due date will not be considered.

The Paul Pholeros Scholarship Information Brochure contains detailed information about the Scholarship including the selection and interview processes, and Scholarship Conditions.

For further information contact the PPF.