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SCI-Arc renews full-tuition scholarship for European architecture students

Dezeen promotion: the Southern California Institute of Architecture has extended its full scholarship for a European architecture student to study a masters at the university in Los Angeles.

SCI-Arc announced that it will continue its scholarship opportunity for European architects for the 2017 academic year.

The European Union 2017 Scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition fees for SCI-Arc's two-year Master of Architecture programme (MArch 2) during the 2016-2017 academic year for a citizen of the European Union.

If the student maintains a 3.7 GPA or above, the scholarship can be extended to cover the full programme.

The initiative, led by graduate programme chair and Italian native Elena Manferdini, offers international students the opportunity to transition their careers to the United States.

"I am proud to be able to offer this opportunity again for the upcoming academic year," Manferdini. "I know firsthand how the trust of an institution can change someone's career."

"As an international student myself, having been the recipient of similar scholarships allowed me to pursue an education and shaped my adult life as an architect."

Students will also have access to the university's fabrication facilities, some of the largest in the US, which include an Analogue Shop, Robot House and Magic Box — a new digital fabrication facility equipped with 17 3D printers, two computer numerical control mills, and six laser cutters.

SCI-Arc's MArch 2 is designed for students who hold an undergraduate degree in architecture and are looking to focus their education on contemporary tools, techniques and technologies, and to expand their experience in digital design, fabrication and critical thinking.

Eligible candidates must demonstrate citizenship of any of the 28 countries within the European Union along with proof of having earned – between 1 January 2013 and 1 August 2017 – an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to the United States' undergraduate degree in architecture.

The course structure intends to propel advanced design exploration and offer students an educational model that promotes close collaboration with a team of distinguished faculty and critics.

These include SCI-Arc Director Hernan Diaz-Alonso, graduate programme chair Elena Manferdini, Tom Wiscombe, Eric Owen Moss, Thom Mayne, Marcelyn Gow, Marcelo Spina and Peter Trummer.

Applications are currently being accepted online and are due by April 15 2017. All entries for the scholarship will be reviewed by Diaz-Alonso, Manferdini and one guest juror.

For scholarship requirements, guidelines and application information visit the scholarship webpage on the SCI-Arc website.