Supporting education through teaching fellowships.
Established to enhance the debate and learnings of the OBEL AWARD’s yearly themes, the fellowships provide new opportunities for universities and professionals to work together on pressing issues facing people and the planet.
The aim of the OBEL AWARD Teaching Fellowships is to bring the professional and academic realms closer together by enhancing the debate and learnings of the themes of the award. These themes reflect pressing issues and express the potential of architecture and design to positively impact our built environment.
The purpose of the fellowships – three designated for the inaugural cycle, one each in Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa – will support the teaching of a new course or courses within an official program at an accredited academic institution.
Illustrating the goal of bringing new voices into academia, the applications must be submitted jointly with the individual who will teach the course(s) and the host institution, thus showing dedication to and support of the objectives of the OBEL AWARD Teaching Fellowship.
For the first year, three fellowships will be awarded, one each in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. For the initial year of the Fellowship program, each grant of up to € 75,000, will be awarded for teaching during a period of one academic year.
The joint application from a university (faculty, school, or department) and the potential teaching fellow, must be related to one of the themes of recent OBEL AWARDs: Well-being through architecture or Seminal solutions to the challenges facing cities.
The following fellowship goals should be considered:
- To encourage curiosity in students about the major issues facing architecture as reflected in the themes of the OBEL AWARD.
- To assist academic institutions in creating relevant and impactful content and pedagogies.
- To provide opportunities for academic institutions to explore new themes and include new voices on their faculty.
- To bring the professional and academic realms closer together through collaboration and the Fellowships.
- To provide an opportunity for professionals to take time off from regular duties to teach and share their knowledge and experience.
- To seek to create a community/network around the OBEL AWARDS themes.
Ideally, the institution should offer a minimum of two subjects within the fellowship period in accredited university programs. However, other models of learning could mean that only one more intensive subject is taught and therefore eligible for a fellowship.
The joint application from a university (faculty, school, or department) and the teaching fellow, and must be related to one of the themes of the OBEL AWARD:
- Well-being through architecture.
- Seminal solutions to the challenges facing cities.
1 May: Fellowship applications open.
1 August 2023: Last date to receive applications.
15 September 2023: Announcement of the fellowships awards.
2024 – Start of course (and 3 months after the completion of the fellowship period, the final report must be submitted.)