SOM Foundation Structural Engineering Fellowship – Request for Student Candidates

In early January, the SOM Foundation will launch the call for submissions for the 2024 Structural Engineering Fellowship. This $20,000 fellowship is awarded annually to a graduating student based in the United States who specializes in structural engineering to conduct independent travel and research that contributes to a topic area, which this year is Adapting Housing Strategies to Respond to New Realities.

This prestigious fellowship has been given annually since 1998 and has been awarded to some of the most creative engineers from diverse university backgrounds, many of whom have gone on to make significant contributions to the profession. A list of past winners is available here.

Applicants must be graduating with a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or PhD in civil and environmental engineering or architectural engineering with a specialization in structural engineering from a professionally accredited degree program in the United States. US citizenship is not required. Applicants must intend to enter the professional practice of structural engineering. 

While any student who meets the criteria may apply, we are contacting you before the open call is announced so that you may nominate your most promising students—those you believe deserve special recognition and the opportunity to broaden their education by traveling with an itinerary they have developed according to their academic interests. 

At this point, we ask for you to please reply to this message with names and email addresses for your student nominations, and we will follow up directly with them, encouraging them to apply and letting them know that they have been nominated by you to do so. A maximum of two nominees per department are allowed. 

More details about the fellowship and application requirements can be found on the SOM Foundation website here: Applications will be accepted once the announcement is made in January and the deadline to apply is Friday, March 15, 2024. Please provide the names and emails of one or two student nominees by February 1, 2024.

In addition, a poster about this opportunity is attached; kindly share with students and/or forward it along to administrative colleagues as needed.

This year’s jury will be led by Alessandro Beghini, Senior Associate Principal at SOM, San Francisco. A full list of jurors will be announced in January. Alessandro is cc’ed on this email, as well as SOM Foundation Executive Director, Iker Gil; we are happy to answer questions you may have.