The School of Architecture aims to attract and engage the most qualified students in each of its graduate programs. There are several sources of support for their studies including:
Because many of these awards and opportunities are awarded through the admissions process, or through a position within the School or with a firm, we strongly encourage you to visit the Georgia Tech financial aid page for more general information about funding your graduate education.
Generations of Georgia Tech alumni and friends have supported the School’s students and their ambitions with philanthropic gifts. Awards to graduate students, travel scholarships, tuition support and prizes are made at a program each spring based on need, merit, and the stipulations of donors.
In addition, we have two programs supporting full fellowship for study:
- NIX MANN FELLOWSHIP: This endowed fellowship was established in 1987 by the partners of the architecture firm of Nix Mann and Associates in Atlanta with the intention of attracting outstanding graduate students to the Master of Architecture program at Georgia Tech. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in architecture. A minimum of one-half of the recipients of this award must have undergraduate architecture degrees from schools other than Georgia Tech. The award is for two academic years and may be offered annually as funding permits.
- T. GORDON LITTLE FELLOWSHIP: This fellowship was established in 2007 by the Directors of the T. Gordon Little Foundation with the intention of attracting outstanding graduate students to the Master of Architecture program at Georgia Tech. Candidates must meet fellowship criteria based on professional promise in the field of Architecture, along with need. Fellowship recipients must be registered and enrolled as a full-time student in the Master of Architecture program at Georgia Tech each semester of the award and must remain in good academic standing throughout the duration of the fellowship. Read more >
The Urban Design Programs (MSUD, Dual Degree) offer the following fellowship for students with outstanding qualifications. This fellowship is subject to endowment fluctuations and may not be available each year.
- The COA Charles Brown Fellowship in Urban Design and Development provides tuition stipends, tuition waivers or assistantships to graduate students studying Urban Design.
Other scholarships, fellowships, and prizes are awarded annually.
RESEARCH & TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIPS
Please note School of Architecture GRA/GSA/GTA positions are reserved for students in the School of Architecture. Typically positions are awarded to graduate students who have been enrolled for at least a year. If a student in their first year of graduate school has the needed qualification, exceptions are sometimes made. Undergraduate students may not apply for GRA/GSA/GTA positions. Undergraduate students can inquire and apply for student assistant positions, though it is infrequent that they are offered.
The following research and teaching assistantships are administered directly by the School of Architecture. Applicants or students should indicate their interest in and qualifications for these awards in a separate letter to be included in their application package. One letter will be sufficient for consideration for all assistantships for applicants. There is no other application process for graduate assistantships. All assistantships require an average of 15 hours of work each week.
- Sponsored Graduate Research Assistantships Sponsored research assistantships are available on a limited basis each year to students who have usually spent at least one year in any of the Master of Architecture programs. The availability of these awards is dependent on the nature and amount of externally-sponsored research activity in the College of Architecture and the background and experience of the applicants relative to the research being conducted. The assistantships provide a stipend of approximately $3,600 per semester and a tuition waiver in the amount of $4,300 per semester. All additional tuition costs and mandatory student fees are to be paid by the student. These assistantships are selected and awarded each semester by the faculty members conducting a sponsored research project.
- Graduate Teaching Assistantships A limited number of teaching assistantships are awarded to students who have spent a least one year in one of the Master of Architecture programs. The positions that are frequently available include architectural history, architectural technology, design computing, environmental systems, structures, urban design, and construction technology. It is essential that the applicants for these positions have outstanding qualifications from previous academic and/or professional experience. The assistantships provide a stipend of approximately $3,600 per semester and a tuition waiver in the amount of $4,300 per semester. All additional tuition costs and mandatory student fees are to be paid by the student. These assistantships are award each semester-based budget availability, need of faculty, and student qualification.
For application please send the following information via email to Lucie Andre at Lucie [dot] Andre [at] coa [dot] gatech [dot] edu.
subject line: GRA/GTA application - Last name
upcoming year of study
major - program of study
What specific skills do you wish to employ in an assistantship position?
Is there a faculty member that you think would refer you?
You may also attach your resume, although it is not required.
The Graduate Co-op Program is an Institute initiative to enhance graduate education. The intentions of the program are to enrich and broaden graduate studies at Georgia Tech, provide financial support for graduate students, and to increase the interactions between academic programs and their related professional practices and industries.
The School of Architecture has a strong tradition of fostering the architectural internship as an adjunct to academic education in architecture. Atlanta is a recognized center of design and offers numerous practice opportunities.
Selection is made by firms, based on their needs; students forge relationships with these firms. Internships provide students the opportunity to examine their interests, use newly-acquired skills, and test their stamina under the demands of the work place. Students receive practical experience by working directly with professionals on current projects. Economic benefits include income from 15 hours per week at an established salary rate.
Mentor relationships frequently develop in the Co-op Program that can nurture long-term, continued employment following graduation. The Program's excellent design tradition, extensive alumni network and connections with leading architectural firms has forged a highly beneficial academic and professional linkage between our students and local firms.
For more info on the Graduate Co-op Program, contact Brenda Pereira, brenda [dot] pereira [at] coa [dot] gatech [dot] edu.