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In partnership with the AIA Large Firm Roundtable (LFRT), NOMA created a fellowship program to help increase the number of minority architects throughout the U.S. Following the success of the inaugural NOMA Foundation Fellowship (NFF), we are pleased to announce the launch of the Summer 2021 Cohort of the NOMA Foundation Fellowship!

Applications are now closed for 2021 Cohort 3.

Fellowship Details

  • Up to 20 fellowships available
  • 8-week Virtual or In-person Part-time Internship (June 14-August 6) –  A limited number of full-time internships may be available
  • $2,560 stipend
  • $1,000 Licensure Stipend if fellows become a licensed architect within 5 years of completing the fellowship


Applicants must be (a) currently enrolled in their final 2 years of a 4-year undergraduate program, (b) currently enrolled in their final 3 years of 5-year undergraduate program, or (c) currently enrolled as a graduate student in an M.Arch program. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2021 semester are encouraged to apply. Students from both NAAB-accredited and non-accredited programs may apply. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for the entire program. Students from the 7 NAAB Historically Black Colleges and Universities are highly encouraged to participate. All applicants must be current paid members of NOMA as of April 1, 2020; non-members will not be considered.


Complete application package will include an unofficial transcript, portfolio of work, resume, one letter of recommendation, and cover letter stating your interest in being a fellow (addressed to NOMA). Finalists may be selected for a virtual interview with host firms and will be matched with firms on a mutual matching basis. Applications must be submitted by March 28, 2021.

Information for Firms

All firms are eligible to be host firms for the NOMA Foundation Fellowship, however, priority will be given to patrons of the NOMA President’s Circle and members of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable.

To provide the most flexibility for firms, the NOMA Foundation Fellowship will accommodate both Virtual and In-Person internships for the 2021 program. In addition, the fellowship may be extended to a full-time internship at the discretion of the host firm. Firms will indicate their preferences to the following options in the Host Firm Registration Form.

  • Virtual vs. In-person: In order to accommodate the changing needs of firms through the COVID-19 pandemic, firms may opt to commit to a Virtual Only internship, In-Person Only internship, or indicate that they have no preference. NFF Staff will provide a list of applicants that match these preferences.
  • Part-time Option: Fellows may work up to 20 hours/week and will be considered consultants of NOMA. Fellows are fully compensated by NOMA.
  • Full-time Option: Fellows may work up to 40 hours/week and will be considered employees of the host firm. NOMA will provide a $2,560 stipend to cover 20 hours per week. Host firms must provide the remaining compensation of at least $16/hour for 20 hours/week, to be paid directly to the fellow. The host firm should follow standard onboarding and operating procedures for their typical internships.

For more information or general inquiries about the NOMA Foundation Fellowship, contact nff@noma.net

To learn more about the 2020 NOMA Foundation Fellows: https://www.noma.net/news/national-organization-of-minority-architects-announces-2020-noma-foundation-fellowship-inaugural-cohort/

To learn more about the 2021 HBCU NOMA Foundation Fellows: https://www.noma.net/news/national-organization-of-minority-architects-awards-2021-fellowships-to-hbcu-students/

To read more about the program, visit https://www.noma.net/news/meet-nomas-first-class-of-foundation-fellows/

Information about COVID-19

Due to the unpredictability of COVID-19 and its impact on travel and relocation, the NOMA Foundation Fellowship will accommodate both Virtual and In-Person internships for the 2021 program at the discretion of host firms. NOMA is not responsible for any exposure to COVID-19 as a result of in-person fellowship experiences.