Fontainebleau Summer Program

Scholarship for Five-Week Program at the UNESCO 16th century Chateau Fontainebleau

In 2004, alumnus Robert Turner established a biennial scholarship enabling a student from the School of Architecture + Design to participate in the summer architecture program at the Fontainebleau Schools. The five-week program, normally held each year in the month of July at the 16th century Chateau Fontainebleau, a UNESCO world heritage site located a short distance southeast of Paris, allows students of architecture from around the world to collaborate with music students, exploring a general theme through a series of studios, workshops, lectures, and excursions. Formal art disciplines such as drawing, watercolor, graphic design, and theatre design are typically practiced during the session. Student housing and restaurants are in the town of Fontainebleau, surrounded by one of the most beautiful forests in France.

The Fontainebleau Scholarship is now awarded annually to a student selected by the faculty of the School of Architecture + Design. Once chosen, the student will then apply to the program, which selects 15-25 students worldwide. Selection criteria are based on application materials, portfolio works and references. Upon acceptance, the student will receive a scholarship covering tuition, travel, and incidentals. For more detailed information on the program, please visit the Fontainebleau Schools web site at:

“While most study-abroad experiences can be described as opportunities for self-growth, studying at the École de Beaux-Arts at Fontainebleau was an invaluable experience that opened my eyes to the diversity of contemporary design perceptions. During my five weeks in France, I was not only exposed to the more general aspects of French culture (cuisine, music, art), but specifically to the non-American’s perception of architecture. From the French and American professors who led our courses, to the French non-designers who owned the array of chateaus and gardens we visited, I was made expressly aware of differences in American and French architectural values. I studied with students from around the world and our discourse spanned several contrasting design pedagogies. The Beaux-Arts school includes a music program; having international music students as our clients allowed for real-time non-designer feedback. Through discussions about the rapport between the two arts, both musicians and architects were asked to consider the art-world beyond their specific fields. Studying at Fontainebleau was an incredible opportunity to learn about architecture as both non-Americans and non-designers perceive it, knowledge that is invaluable to a designer in this global and interdisciplinary market.”

Ms. Amrita Raja
B.S. ITDS, Virginia Tech

Previous Recipients

2004 Nicole Cavanaugh
2006 Wei Loon Ooi (Did Not Attend)
2007 Amrita Raja
2008 Matthew Van Wagner
2010 Joshua Tunick
2012 Diego Arias-Caballero
2014 Malcolm Dax
2016 Alexander Cheng
2017 Andy Stepka
2018 Trey King