The School of Architecture has made the difficult decision to suspend the Garofalo Fellowship program temporarily because of the coronavirus pandemic. We consider the experience of being at the school to be a fundamental aspect of the fellowship, and we will reopen the application process when we can make plans to welcome the fellow to Chicago safely.
Last year’s application instructions remain posted below to provide a sense of potential requirements for prospective applicants. If you would like to be notified when the fellowship program reopens, please contact


Application instructions

The Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship is a nine-month teaching and research fellowship open to emerging designers from any location.

The fellowship includes an obligation to studio instruction. A professional or graduate degree in architecture is required. Applicants must apply as individuals; no group applications will be accepted.

The selected fellow will be expected to be in primary residence in Chicago from mid-August 2020 through mid-May 2021. The fellowship is the equivalent of a full-time faculty position and offers a salary.

Applicants should prepare the following materials for submission via the web form:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proposal describing research to be conducted as a Garofalo Fellow (500–750 words)
  • Portfolio of selected work (no more than ten pages)
  • Names and contact information of three references

The application deadline is January 20, 2020, at 11:59pm CST.

Finalists will be asked to visit Chicago for an interview and public presentation in early March 2020. All applicants will be notified of their status by April 2020.

As an EOE/AA employer, the University of Illinois will not discriminate in its employment practices because of an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and veteran or disability status.