Scotland + Venice Fellowships 2018

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Scotland + Venice Fellowships 2018

For the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia –  Architecture & Design Scotland, in partnership with the Association of Scottish Schools of Architecture, is organising the first Scotland + Venice Fellowships Programme that offers steward-research roles that provide personal development opportunities during Scotland’s Year of Young People.

The programme mirrors the Venice Fellowships Programme that is run by the British Council for the British Pavilion during both the art and architecture biennales. For the 2018 Biennale Architettura, the two programmes are working collaboratively, to strengthen UK partnerships, share learning and develop Fellowship opportunities.

Under the programme successful Fellows will receive £1600 to support their trip to Venice and will spend 4 days a week working with the Scotland + Venice partnership, and 3 days undertaking self led research.

The Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 opens with pre-preview on 22 May with the Vernissage on 23, 24 and 25 May. The Scotland + Venice activities will be open to the general public from 26 May until 24 June 2018. Fellows will be expected to be available in Venice between 21 May 2018 and the 25 June 2018 for the full duration.


Joining the Scotland + Venice project team in Venice for 5 weeks to steward and collaborate will give Fellows the opportunity to actively shape a live process and to collaborate with a fantastic group of participating architects and artists from Scotland and beyond.

While stewarding it is expected that Fellows would greet and assist visitors, provide information and keep an exhibition looking presentable and safe to the public.


Fellows are asked to devise a research proposal in advance of their travel to Venice. We anticipate research responses are devised to tie in with the biennale theme of Freespace. Research proposals will be discussed and developed with the Scotland + Venice project team at an Induction Day for successful Fellows on 4 April 2018.

In consultation with their academic institution, some candidates may wish to use this study opportunity to contribute to academic work, such as an existing project or a dissertation – although there is no obligation to do so. The research is intended to be cumulative and a selection of research will be made publicly available at the end of the programme as an important contribution to the Scotland + Venice project.

Who can apply?

Fellowships are open to students that are currently studying at one of the five Scottish Schools of Architecture, some institutions may open the opportunity to recent graduates, linked researchers or year out students.

A&DS will seek references for all shortlisted applicants from the head of each school of architecture. This is to ensure that the Scotland + Venice Fellowship programme will not have a detrimental impact on the academic performance of the successful Fellows.

Application Criteria

This opportunity will suit reliable and organised candidates who are good communicators. Your role will be as part of a self-sufficient team. Applications should demonstrate that candidates have high levels of initiative and problem solving, as well as an active interest in research.

Candidates should have an interest in gaining experience of exhibition work and public programming or project work. Some knowledge of Italian is desirable but not essential.

Candidates MUST be able to participate in invigilation hours (10.00 – 18.00 daily), four days a week. Please note that all exhibitions at La Biennale di Venezia are closed on Mondays.

Candidates should convincingly demonstrate their suitability with reference to the responsibilities and criteria outlined above, and also demonstrate their interest in and some knowledge of the biennale theme of Freespace.

Successful candidates will act in the capacity as Steward Research Fellows (SRF), ambassadors of their respective institutions in collaboration with Architecture & Design Scotland and as ambassadors for Scotland.

How to Apply

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Selection process

Architecture and Design Scotland will shortlist three candidates per university and seek references from the institution prior to Skype interviews. All interviews will take place via Skype on 21 March 2018. Should you be selected for interview you will receive one week advance notification. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome by 5pm on 26 March 2018. All successful candidates must attend the Induction Day on 4 April 2018. Travel expenses for the Induction Day in Glasgow will be reimbursed.

Scotland + Venice Fellowship Timescales

14 March – Student Application deadline

15 March – Invitation to Skype interviews issued to shortlisted candidates. 
21 March – Skype interviews 
26 March – Confirmation of successful applicants
4 April – Induction Day for fellows – The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Exhibition: The Happenstance, Glasgow

A dynamic exhibition showcasing The Happenstance, Scotland’s contribution to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice 2018.

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