Penny White Student Projects Fund Grant

Harvard University


Grant amount: US $4,500

Next anticipated deadline: Jan 5, 2019 9:00am PST (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 2, 2019 9:00am PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Graduate Student Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Massachusetts

Location of residency: Massachusetts

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Overview:

Winifred G. (Penny) White had just completed her second year of the MLA program when she died suddenly of leukemia in 1976. In her memory, her family established a fund within the GSD to offer financial support for student projects.

The projects are to “carry forward Penny’s ideal of a culture which emphasizes a close relationship between natural systems and urban change, in conjunction with patterns of mobility that form complex, living landscapes.”

The Penny White Fund awards up to $50,000 annually in project prize funds to students in landscape architecture and allied design disciplines, across the graduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels at the Graduate School of Design. See additional informations here.

In keeping with the original bequest from the White Family, the vision for the Fund is expressed in three inter-related objectives:

  • To promote creative research by providing students with an opportunity to pursue and deepen their own design and research projects.
  • To promote the development and dissemination of a land ethic which integrates the preservation, conservation and enhancement of natural systems through studies of design, ecology and natural science.
  • To provide opportunities for students to diversify their graduate study into areas which might not be available within the normal academic curriculum, in fields such as:
    • geomorphology
    • microclimatology
    • oceanography
    • fluid dynamics
    • soil mechanics

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • All students enrolled in the Harvard Graduate School of Design─except for those in their final year of study─are eligible for support for project proposals that address the objectives of the Penny White Fund.
  • Students not enrolled in the Master in Landscape Architecture, Master in Architecture, Master in Urban Design, Master in Urban Planning, or Master in Design programs must clearly indicate the relationship of the proposed project to their major research enterprise, including thesis or dissertation studies. 
  • Students may work individually or in teams, in conjunction with or independently from their course work.
  • Award amounts will not be affected by team size.
  • Only one grant may be awarded per student, either individually or in group. 

Preferences:

  • Although all GSD students are eligible, according to the bequest “it is expected that preference will be given to students in the Department of Landscape Architecture.” 

Ineligibility:

  • Collaboration with students who have already received an award from the Penny White Fund is not allowed. 
  • Teams may not include a student in their final year of study.