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Over the years, numerous donors have established endowed awards and traveling fellowships at Harvard University and at the Graduate School of Design.

The following prizes are administered by the Department of Urban Planning and Design:

Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design

This prize was established in 1986 on the occasion of the celebration of Harvard’s 350th and the GSD’s 50th anniversaries and to mark the visit of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, to Harvard and the GSD. The award is made periodically by the Design School for an urban design project larger in scope than a single building, constructed anywhere in the world during the previous ten years. Award-winning projects are selected because they make a positive and substantial contribution to the public realm of a city, improve the quality of urban life, and demonstrate a humane and worthwhile direction for the design of urban environments. For more information, see the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design website.

Charles Abrams Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to a student in a graduate planning program at Columbia, Harvard, MIT, the New School for Social Research, or the University of Pennsylvania by the American Planning Association. Students are nominated by urban planning faculty, at the end of their first year of study at the GSD. The 2013 winner was GSD student Jennifer Lee, MUP '14.

Druker Traveling Fellowship

Established in 1986 by Ronald M. Druker, Loeb Fellow ’76, and by the Trustees of the Bertram A. Druker Charitable Foundation, this fellowship is open to all students at the GSD who demonstrate excellence in the design of urban environments. The fellowship offers students the opportunity to travel in the United States or abroad to pursue study that advances understanding of urban design. Information about how to apply can be found in the Druker Traveling Fellowship prize announcement. For the history of the prize, see the list of past winners and their projects.

Award for Overall Achievement in Urban Design and Urban Planning

Upon recommendation of the faculty in the Department of Urban Planning and Design, this award is presented to a graduating student in MAUD or MLAUD and a graduating student in MUP who have demonstrated the highest standards of leadership, excellence in academic studies, and promise of achievement in their respective fields.

GSD Urban Planning and Design Thesis Prize

Upon recommendation of the faculty in the Department of Urban Planning and Design, a prize is given to the graduating student in the programs leading to the degrees MAUD, MLAUD, or MUP who has prepared the best independent thesis during that academic year.

Prize in Urban Planning and Design for the Graduating Student

This prize honors graduating students in the MAUD/MLAUD, and MUP programs who have achieved the highest cumulative academic record, regardless of financial need.

Pollman Fellowship in Real Estate and Urban Development

Established in 2002 through the generous gift of Harold A. Pollman, the Pollman Fellowship is given to outstanding post-doctoral graduates in real estate, urban planning, and development to spend one year in residence as a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Applicants in the fields of political economy, economic development, urban economics, and other areas in urban planning and development related to real estate and urban development are also encouraged to apply.

For more information, including how to apply, please see the Pollman Fellowship page.

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