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Project information

The Architecture Foundation Junior Fellowship

The AF would like to establish a Junior Fellowship scheme to give 3 talented young people the opportunity to become key members of our team and gain curatorial and management experience over one year (part-time). The scheme will provide the Junior Fellows with a modest income during their placement.

January 2012 - July 2013

Charity information: The Architecture Foundation

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  • Need


    According to figures released by the CEBR, 52% of last year’s university-leavers were unemployed or under-employed six months after graduating. A record number of students; 320,000, have graduated this summer which suggests up to 64,000 of these are currently facing unemployment. The Junior Fellowship programme will not only offer talented young people a paid placement, but it will also enable them to gain essential transferable skills that will facilitate their future employability.


    The AF Junior Fellowship will provide a formal means by which to identify and nurture new talent, benefiting both the Fellows and our organisation in terms of diversity of candidates, longevity of placement and increased level of engagement. This paid Fellowship will attract a more diverse range of candidates and provide a proactive way to tackle current unemployment issues, enabling young people to further explore a professional field of interest, whilst receiving some financial support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Tackle youth unemployment


    » Fellows will be paid the national minimum wage appropriate to their age group, providing a springboard to full time work.

    What success will look like

    Success will be to engage young graduates in the fellowship who are just beginning their careers and looking for valuable professional experience.

    Aim 2

    Increase diversity of applicants.


    » Providing financial support will encourage a more diverse range of candidates than an expenses-only internship.

    What success will look like

    Success will be receiving a wide range of applications from young people of a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities.

    Aim 3

    Increase longevity and quality of placements.


    » Fellows will shadow staff members through structured programme of activities and goals, gaining insight into operations and integration with core team

    What success will look like

    Success will be being able to work with the fellows for at least six months to a maximum of a year increasing levels of engagement between the fellows and the AF staff.

  • Impact


    The AF Junior Fellowship programme will encourage longevity of placements, increasing the stability of the organisation as a whole and enhancing programme continuity and staff retention. The Fellowship may also identify and cultivate potential candidates for more permanent at the AF, ideally diversifying the team. We will demonstrate the success of the Fellowship not only through the project evaluation mentioned above but also by monitoring the impact on peer organisations’ best practice.


    In the past, the AF has experienced difficulties in recruiting suitable candidates for internship opportunities. A longer recruitment period of 3 months will ensure that suitably wide networks are activated to source the most talented and deserving candidates. We will seek to explore broader avenues of recruitment and create new recruitment packs to distribute to potential candidates.


    A designated blog will sit within the AF website, charting the Fellows’ experiences and achievements during their placements. Updates on the Fellows will also appear regularly within monthly e-shots. Donors will also have the opportunity to liaise with the Fellows in person at key AF events.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £28,215

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,748 Fellows' stipends 3 Fellows, 3 days a week for 1 year @ £133 per week
      £1,500 Project management Fellowship Manager 10 days @ £150 per day
      £1,800 Donor engagement/Marketing/HR Development Manager 4 days @ £250 a day+Bookkeeper 2 days @ £150+ Advertsing costs + AF bulletins an
      £1,767 Fellows' Training+1 laptop Offsite training for each Fellow @£300 each+ 1 laptop to accommodate the 3 Fellows (1 basic laptop)
      £2,400 In kind Training Four AF staff members will train the Fellows in-house: 2 dedicated days each, 3 fellows @ £200 (in

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    AF staff £2,400 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Fellowship will be based at the AF’s headquarters on Tooley Street in Southwark, London. Fellows will have the chance to work within the AF’s office and Project Space – as well as within a range of external venues such as the Barbican and Tate Modern where our off-site programme of events takes place. During the London Festival of Architecture (Summer 2012) the Fellows will have the opportunity of working in sites around the capital.


    The main direct beneficiaries of the project, in terms of experience, skills gained and financial support, will be the Junior Fellows. AF staff and audiences will also benefit from the Fellows’ work. By sharing the project through a dedicated blog, AF’s social networks and monthly email updates, we hope to make the Fellowship a model of best practice for peer organisations across the UK.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The AF has a broad portfolio of experience in working with young people through our Urban Pioneers programmes and internships within Public Programmes, Development, Marketing and Office Administration. The charity’s intimate size and its increasing volume of activities make the AF an ideal place for the Fellows to engage with the team and make their own measurable contributions to the programme, and as a consequence, to their own professional development.

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    Sarah Trounce, Office Manager (Fellowship Coordinator), AF

    Sarah’s management and HR experience will be a key asset for the success of the programme.

    Silvia Denaro, Development Manager, AF

    In her development role Silvia has gained experience in managing and engaging interns with the AF development activities

    Justin Jaeckle, Curator, Public Programme, AF

    Justin has worked at the AF since 2006. He is responsible for curating and delivering our lectures, symposia, films and exhibitions.

    Moira Lascelles, Curator, Special Projects, AF

    Moira is responsible for projects including design competitions, international exchanges and off-site commissions.