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2017 NAPHC Scholarships for Students  

Application deadline: 23 August 2017
Notification of award recipients:
round 30 August 2017
Submit application to:

For detailed information on the conference, see: 


The Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) is pleased to announce that it can provide two scholarships to qualified students to help defray the cost of attending the 2017 North American Passive House Conference (NAPHC)—to be held in Seattle, WA. Each scholarship will provide $650 from SBSE to assist in meeting the costs of participating in the conference. In addition, the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) will waive the conference registration fee for the SBSE scholarship recipients.

These scholarships are offered to provide support for students who are interested in the passive house approach to high-performance building design. Conference participation is an excellent way to improve one’s knowledge of passive house design principles, construction techniques, and developing issues in building science.

Funds will be provided to scholarship recipients at the conference; they cannot be advanced prior to participation. Funds may be used to defray any aspect of conference attendance (lodging, meals, transportation) without submission of receipts. Late applications will not be considered.

Applications for NAPHC scholarships will be evaluated with the following criteria in mind:

(1) an applicant must be a junior, senior, or graduate student who will be enrolled in a building design or construction related academic program at the time of the conference,

(2) an applicant will make a convincing case that they are seriously interested in high-performance buildings as embodied by passive house and will benefit from conference participation,

(3) the selection process will favor those with previous exposure to the passive house approach (as presented in response to item 2 above), seek geographic diversity among applicants, and encourage diverse representation among academic institutions—assuming other selection criteria have been successfully addressed.

(4) the selection process will favor applicants who are members of SBSE, assuming other criteria have been successfully addressed.

Those accepting an offer of a scholarship will—by the act of acceptance—commit to full conference participation (excluding workshops and tours).

A reminder: the intent of this scholarship program is to provide support for students interested in passive house buildings who have limited institutional resources at their disposal. The program is not targeted at faculty or design professionals who are gainfully employed. Late applications will not be considered.

How to Apply

There is no application form or template to fill out and submit. Applications will consist of an electronically submitted pdf document that provides the information requested below and addresses the criteria described above. Items 4 and 5 below are of particular interest to the selection committee. Applications are limited to two 8.5 x 11 (or equivalent) pages, structured as follows:

1. Contact information: name of the applicant, current institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

2. Academic status: A clear description of the applicant’s academic program and current status within the program.

3. SBSE membership status: student member, member, non-member. 

4. Passive house background: previous experiences with the passive house approach; courseworkinternships, summer employment, self-study, etc. 

5. Impact statement: briefly but clearly describe the benefits you expect to derive from participation in the 2016 NAPHC. If you anticipate playing an active role at the conference (as a presenter, for example) be sure to note this.

6. Previous conferences: indicate whether you have attended a previous NAPHC.

See critical dates and deadlines above. Late applications will not be accepted.

Submit applications to:


Scholarship Coordinator (inquiries only): Walter Grondzik,
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