GRAFT Travel Grant 2020 on the topic CLIMATE CHANGE

2018 marked the 28th anniversary of the fall of the inner German border wall and the point at which the Wall had been gone for exactly as long as it had existed. GRAFT and Marianne Birthler, the curators of the German Pavilion at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice, took this parallel as an opportunity to explore the topic of “UNBUILDING WALLS”. Following on from the exhibition and the issues it raised, the curators announced two Travel Grants with a value of 3000 € each.

In 2020, GRAFT and Marianne Birthler will be awarding a second round of two travel grants to fund study or project trips that deal with the topic of climate change and its consequences for the built environment.

The GRAFT Travel Grant 2020 aims to support work that will deal with built, physical or even strategic interventions aimed at overcoming global warming or its consequences. These can be of a planning, artistic or political nature. Inspired by the exhibition UNBUILDING WALLS, such works can also deal with current debates on nations, protectionism and division, for example with regard to migration patterns arising from climate change, or with associated aspects of climate justice. Other potential funding topics include analyses of or responses to extreme weather events, rising sea levels, melting glaciers, the protection of flora and fauna, or material and energy innovations at different scales. These may have an urban planning, architectural, political or social focus.

Research work conducted as part of such projects should have a transformative artistic or creative aspect, i.e. be more than merely documentary. These transformation processes can be presented in the form of models, designs, media installations, animations, photographic works or other similar formats. Applicants should specify the medium they intend to use as part of their project in the application.

Eligible applicants are

– Bachelor, master’s or diploma students around the world,

– Master’s and diploma graduates who have completed their studies within the last two years

– Doctoral students

Group applications are permissible providing all members of the group meet the conditions for participation. The grant funding of 3000 € is independent of the number of participants.


All submitted documents must bear the names of the applicants.

Please submit the following documents:

– Application form, completed and signed (group applications: supply a separate form for each member of the group)

– Certificate detailing enrolment as a student or doctoral student / diploma, bachelor, or master’s degree certificate or comparable document (group applications: supply certificates for each member of the group)

– Curriculum Vitae, max. 1 page (group applications: supply a CV for each member of the group)

– Portfolio of past work, max. 8 A4 pages, 10 MB (group applications: supply portfolios for all members of the group)

– Presentation of the concept/idea and the media format of the proposed result in the form of a short written description (max. 1 page) and sketch.

– Plan of proposed travel requirements

– Approximate breakdown of the project budget and proposed use of grant funding


Applicants should submit their concept idea and proposed use of grant funding in a form of their choosing in writing and digitally (pdf). Submissions should be written in English using metric units.

Each application should cover a single project only.


Applications should be sent to and be submitted by 29 February 2020.

  • Title

    GRAFT Travel Grant 2020 on the topic CLIMATE CHANGE
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    Grants, Scholarships & Awards
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  • Registration Deadline

    February 29, 2020 11:30 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    February 29, 2020 11:30 PM
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Cite: "GRAFT Travel Grant 2020 on the topic CLIMATE CHANGE" 19 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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