I-A International Professional Placement Travel Grants


Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Travel dates:

4 January to 1 February 2020

Travel Grants Available:

$3000 travel grants.

Professional Placements Available:

x2 places
Habitat for Humanity Cambodia

x2 places
Sa Sa Art Projects + The Vann Molyvann Project

See BE Professional Placements page for details.


Third year, Fourth year, Masters level BE students.

Note: one travel grant linked to the Sa Sa Art Projects Placement is open to Interior Architecture students only

Application Due

22 November, 2019

The I-A International Professional Placement Travel Grant program supports third year, fourth year or Masters level BE students to undertake a Professional Placement in a global workplace context. The grant will fund flights and living expenses and the student will be credited for the placement under the 6UOC BENV6800 elective course, ‘Professional Placement’. The travel grant program is a collaborative initiative, developed by I-A graduating students and staff members. 

Launched in 2019, the program currently runs in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It pairs two BE students with two Cambodian architecture graduates from the Royal University of Fine Arts. Placements are offered by local organisations with a social focus, working in the Built Environment. In 2020, this includes community-based not-for-profit Sa Sa Art Projects in collaboration with The Vann Molyvann Project. Here students will be actively engaged in the development of an interdisciplinary exhibition on urban dynamics in South East Asian cities. The second placement is with international NGO Habitat for Humanity Cambodia, offering students a unique experience in the development of low-cost housing models.

The travel grants are supported by BE industry and government partners. 

For any queries, please contact I-A Lecturer Eva Lloyd e.lloyd@unsw.edu.au.

Key Information

How do I apply for a travel grant?

There are three parts to the application:

Part 1
Video - 2min video response to selection questions.
Create a video file with your face clearly visible and audio fully legible. The video will be a means of introducing you to the Professional Placement hosts in Cambodia. A smartphone video is all that is required. Preference will be given to candidates who provide demonstrable examples for each question and a specific interest in the work of the Placement host as a future career path.
To include in the video:
Part A: 1min

How will this Professional Placement benefit you and your future career?
Part B: 1min
How will you benefit this Professional Placement? (i.e. what professional and personal skills/attributes will you bring to the Placement host?)

Part 2
Portfolio – 5 pages maximum.
Compile a portfolio communicating visual examples of your strongest design work. As possible, include examples that relate to the workplace host and project. PDF file only.

Part 3
Curriculum Vitae (CV) – 2 pages maximum.
If possible, include work/personal experience that relates to the workplace host and project. PDF file only.

Who selects the travel grant recipients?

The travel grants will be automatically awarded to the students selected by the hosts for the Professional Placements. Applications and recruitment are managed by the host organisation who will accept/decline based on the criteria above. UNSW Bachelor of Interior Architecture will be notified of successful/unsuccessful candidates prior to commencement and will then notify students. Formal enrolment will follow. 

Applications must be sent to the relevant Professional Placement hosts:
Sa Sa Art Projects + The Vann Molyvann Project:
Vuth Lyno lynovuth@gmail.com (artistic director Sa Sa Art Projects)
Penserey Pagna pagnaserey@gmail.com (architect/director The Vann Molyvann Project)

Habitat for Humanity Cambodia
Chheng Vichea chheng_vichea@habitatcambodia.org (construction and innovation manager)

Copy in (cc) e.lloyd@unsw.edu.au (Eva Lloyd, Lecturer, Bachelor of Interior Architecture)

Key dates and deadlines
  • Friday 8 November, 2019
    Applications are open
  • Friday 22 November, 2019
    Applications close midnight
  • Tuesday 26 November, 2019
    Successful applicants notified. Must accept offer by 5pm Thursday 28 November, 2019
  • 10 December, 2019
    Compulsory Pre-Departure Workshop (time and location TBA)
  • 4 January, 2020
    Professional Placement commences
  • 1 February, 2020
    Professional Placement concludes
Are there any other requirements linked to the awarding of the Travel Grant?

Students who are awarded a travel grant will be required to deliver promotion content both during and after the placement. This may include video/testimonial/quotes/images/reports used on marketing channels of the travel grant donors, Professional Placement hosts, UNSW, and Faculty of Built Environment.

What can the travel grant funds be used for?

Flights, accommodation and incidentals linked to the Professional Placement program.