Apply for an AIA24 Emerging Professionals Grant!

Advance your career with free AIA24 registration & more

Make a lasting impact on your career with the AIA24 Emerging Professionals Grant! It’s your opportunity to become an official AIA24 ambassador for emerging professionals and add to your resume in a meaningful way—while taking advantage of everything this conference offers for early career professionals.

AIA24 is a career-changing experience.

  • Connect with the largest network of AIA Associate members and early career professionals.
  • Network with licensed architects for mentorship opportunities and advice.
  • Access curated learning for your chosen path through tracks, seminars, and more.
  • Earn CE credits that count toward AXP hours.
  • Get career coaching, portfolio advice, a free headshot, and much more at the NextGen Lounge at the AIA24 expo.

About the AIA24 Emerging Professionals Grant

AIA and the Architects Foundation founded this grant to provide more opportunities to emerging and early career professionals who are passionate about change in the architecture profession and bring new perspectives to business, workplace health, technology, and climate action.

Selected grant winners will receive one complimentary Full Pass to AIA24 worth $799, plus other benefits listed below.

Applications are due by Sunday, March 24 at 11:59pm ET—apply today!

Grant benefits

  • Free AIA24 registration (a $799 value) with access to valuable leadership resources, unparalleled networking, and CE credits that count toward AXP hours
  • Access to select conference events
  • 1:1 career coaching
  • ARE support materials from Amber Book
  • Meet and greet with other grant winners and influential AIA leaders
  • Appointment as an ambassador for the AIA24 emerging professional audience and the NextGen Lounge
  • Social media posts highlighting ambassador role on personal and/or official AIA channels
  • Dedicated support to navigate the conference

Eligibility requirements

  • Must be an Emerging Professional (EP). An Emerging Professional is defined by AIA as early career professionals who have completed their academic studies up to the point of licensure or up to 10 years after completion of their academic studies.
  • Must be an Associate AIA member in good standing.
  • Must not be a current AIA staff member or AIA volunteer who already receives financial assistance to attend.

Application process

The application deadline is March 24. Your application must include:

  • A statement (500 words max) stating applicant’s intent and interest in attending AIA24 and a demonstration of their financial need. Please include information about your personal background, career journey, work and/or volunteer experience, and service work.
  • At least one letter of support from a supervisor, former supervisor, colleague, or peer.
  • Samples depicting work or leadership experience.
    • Images (PDF, JPEG, or PNG formats) and/or PDFs will be accepted.
    • Samples may include an additional letter of support acknowledging your involvement in a cause or organization, recognition such as certificates or awards for leadership or service, or photos that document your participation in leadership or service activities.
    • If needed, please provide context for your sample in your personal statement.
  • A professional resume
  • A headshot

Preference in scoring applications will be given to:

  • Associate AIA Members from local AIA chapters in the DMV region (Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia), West Virginia, and Delaware.
  • Those with a demonstrated need for financial assistance.
  • Those with a clear purpose and plan for AIA24 attendance.

Application & selection timeline

  • Applications open: February 28–March 24
  • Review period: March 29–April 21
  • Grant recipient selection: April 22–26
  • Grant recipients notified: April 29–30

Apply today! Applications are due by Sunday, March 24 at 11:59pm ET.

Questions? Email us.