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APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Please upload your application via the online application by Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The application must consist of the following five items: 

  1. The application itself, consisting of no more than 1,000 words describing the project to be carried out the year after graduation.
  2. An essay of no more than 250 words indicating how your proposed project reflects one or more aspect of Percival Goodman’s work, life, and ideals.
  3. A current curriculum vitae.
  4. The names and e-mail addresses of at least two faculty members who have reviewed your proposed project.
  5. A schematic budget indicating the costs for the project.

The application should begin by stating the nature of the proposed project and then explain to the Selection Committee what you intend to do. It should include not only the activities that you plan to undertake but also how they will be accomplished, by whom, where, and when. It should also indicate why you want to do this project. In this section you might refer to current ideas related to architecture, planning, design, and/or urban and regional development and to the social significance of your proposed project. Last, the statement should indicate who will benefit and how so, whether from the project or its findings (if it is a research project).

Be sure to explicitly address the three points in the above paragraph: (1) project description, (2) project rationale, and (3) expected benefits. These three topics may be used as sub-titles in organizing your text. Make every effort to provide a clear description of your proposed project and what you hope to accomplish. This means organizing your ideas, writing effectively, and using visual materials strategically. 

The selection committee will comprise members of the Columbia University faculty and outside architects and scholars familiar with the life and work of Percival Goodman. Among the criteria for evaluation will be the social relevance and potential impact of the proposed project and the applicant’s abiding commitment to the issues it raises.

The recipient will be asked to submit intermittent progress reports to the committee over the course of the Fellowship and, at its conclusion, a final report including documentation of the project which will be submitted to the school archives. The project must take place within one year after graduating from Columbia University. 

While Columbia’s policy suspending all University-related travel to safeguard against the COVID-19 threat remains in place at this time, GSAPP will still offer graduating master’s students the opportunity to apply for the Percival and Naomi Goodman Fellowship. Recipients will be announced at GSAPP’s Spring Commencement on April 29th and prizes will be issued after the recipients’ graduation with the expectation that graduates will use such travel prizes in the future when it is safe to travel in accordance with applicable guidance and regulations.