The SOM Prize in architecture, design and urban design is a $50,000 research and travel fellowship that enables one outstanding student to do in-depth research, collaborate with other designers, and pursue independent study outside the realm of established patterns. In addition to the grand SOM Prize, the Foundation also awards a $20,000 travel fellowship to the second strongest candidate.
Graduating undergraduate and graduate students of accredited U.S. schools of Architecture, Design and Urban Design are eligible. A multi-disciplinary, independent jury of prominent professionals, together with one SOM Foundation director, selects the winners based on portfolios, research plans and travel itineraries. U.S. citizenship is not required.