A new program to
increase minority licensure

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The 2020 Cohort has been officially announced. Read the details here. To help increase the number of minority architects throughout the U.S., NOMA created a program to assist minority students with licensure. The NOMA Foundation Fellowship (NFF) aims to place NOMAS member students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate architecture program in a 12-week paid architectural summer internship. Eligible students must graduate within two years of completing the Fellowship, inclusive of students scheduled to graduate Spring 2020 (graduation years 2020-2022).  

The fellowship includes a structured mentorship program and financial support to help facilitate the sometimes challenging transition from academia to the profession. All National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) members with paid dues are eligible to apply for the fellowship. 

Five Cities / 25 Fellowships

The NFF pilot will launch in the summer of 2020 in five cities: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Pittsburgh. Five students will be placed in the five cities, for a total of 25 fellowships in the first year, with the opportunity to apply for full-time employment upon completion of the program.

“Mentorship is a key component to the success of any architect,” said NOMA President and HOK Principal, Kimberly Dowdell, NOMA, AIA, LEED AP. “Almost any NOMA member can name at least three people that helped them overcome obstacles to get them to where they are now. The fellowship formalizes that support structure for minority students and opens the process of giving to NOMA members and non-members who wish to support the program with a named fellowship.”

NOMA Foundation Fellowship (NFF) Details

12 Week Paid Internship with Housing Stipend​

Fellows are matched with firms across five U.S. cities for an intensive work experience with the potential of full-time employment. Fellows will receive a financial stipend from NOMA to offset living expenses, including travel to the fellowship city.

$1,000 Licensure Stipend

Awarded to fellows who fulfill all NCARB licensure requirements within five years of completion of the fellowship


Students who are currently paid student members of NOMA enrolled in their final two years of a graduate or undergraduate architecture program are eligible to apply. Students must be authorized to work in the U.S. for the internship’s duration. Graduating students must meet all university requirements for graduation prior to June 1 of their graduating year in order to apply for full-time employment upon completion of the program. There is no minimum GPA requirement for application, but each applicant’s overall academic achievement will be considered in the review process.


Complete application package will include an unofficial transcript, portfolio of work, resume, two letters of recommendation, and personal statement. Finalists will be selected for a virtual interview with NFF Selection Committee and matched with firms on a mutual matching basis.


  • The Fellowship application is now closed for this year: The application deadline was Feb. 28, 2020. Applications are closed for the year and will reopen in November for next year.
  • Application review: February
  • Students notified of status and placements: June 1
  • Fellowships: June-August