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Applications open for $50,000 Indigenous architecture student scholarships

Applications are now open for a new scholarship worth $50,000 for Indigenous architecture students at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

The Droga Indigenous Scholarship is worth up to $50,000 over five years at the UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building across both undergraduate and postgraduate study. The first two scholarships will commence in 2019. The awarded students also take part in a summer internship program established specifically for the scholarship winners.

The scholarship was founded on the back of a million-dollar donation from the Droga Family Foundation, which also funds the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation’s Droga residency program.

At the time the donation was announced, Daniel Droga said, “We wanted to build on the success of the residency and, in particular, understand Indigenous participation in architecture in Australia – and these hard facts [on Indigenous representation] were revealed in our research.”

The scholarship is a partnership between UTS, the Droga Family Foundation and is supported by the NSW Architects Registration Board (NSWARB) and Government Architect NSW. It has been established “with the aim to develop meaningful representation in Australian architecture of Indigenous professionals and supporting a thriving Indigenous contribution to architectural culture and production in Australia.”

Records from the NSWARB show only eight registered architects in the state identify as Indigenous and nationally, only 28 registered architects are Indigenous, according to the 2016 Census.

The goal of the program is to eventually be supporting six undergraduate and four postgraduate students at the end of a five-year period. Applicants for 2019 must be commencing the Bachelor of Architecture and Design course at UTS.

For more information, go here. Applications close 28 January 2019.

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