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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. Recent GSD recipients are Jennifer Lee, MUP '14 (2013 recipient) and John McCartin, MUP '16 (2015 recipient).

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.

Prize for Academic Excellence in Urban Planning and Urban Design
This prize honors graduating students in urban planning and urban design who have achieved the highest cumulative academic record, regardless of financial need.

Award for Outstanding Leadership in Urban Planning and Urban Design
Upon recommendation of the faculty in the Department of Urban Planning and Design, this award is presented to a graduating student in urban design and a graduating student in urban planning who have demonstrated the highest standards of leadership, excellence in academic studies, and promise of achievement in their respective fields. 

The Award for Excellence in Project-Based Urban Planning
This award is given to graduating students who have demonstrated exceptional ability on urban planning projects including research and design studios throughout their course of study.

The Award for Excellence in Urban Design
This award is given to graduating students who have demonstrated exceptional design ability throughout their course of study in the Urban Design program.

The Urban Planning and Design Thesis Prize
This award is given to students who have presented exemplary thesis work in urban planning or urban design.

AICP Outstanding Student Award
One urban planning student is nominated by the faculty of each Planning Accreditation Board accredited school to receive this award given by the AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners).

Ferdinand Colloredo-Mansfeld Prize for Superior Achievement in Real Estate Studies
In recognition of his singular leadership in furthering the quality of practice and standards of the real estate industry and his distinguished service to the community of Boston, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design has established the Ferdinand Colloredo-Mansfeld Prize. The prize is awarded annually by the Department of Urban Planning and Design to a graduating student from any degree program who has exhibited superior academic achievement and leadership in real estate studies.

Plimpton-Poorvu Design Prize
Established with a gift by long-term friends, business partners, and GSD advocates Samuel Plimpton MBA ‘ 77, MArch ’80 and William J. Poorvu MBA ’58, the Plimpton-Poorvu Design Prize will recognize the top team or an individual for a commercially viable real estate project completed as part of the GSD curricula that best demonstrates feasibility in design, construction, economics, and in fulfillment of market and user needs. 

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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