Applications for the LI Student Travel Award 2020 are now open. Entries will close at midnight on Sunday 22 March. Remember, you must be an LI Student Member to enter, so in the meantime, sign up here – membership is free!


The theme for the LI Student Travel Award 2020 is the Future of Landscape. With the dawn of the new decade, we want the next generation of landscape talent to cast their minds to the future.

How will the landscape profession’s priorities change over the next 10 years? What will influence our practice? What global issues and challenges will both the built and natural environment need to mitigate in the near future? What developing skillset will practitioners need to meet public demand?

We’re looking for original and well-researched proposals that showcase your passion for landscape.

Stuck for ideas? Here are some relevant topics your research proposal could cover:

  • Climate and Biodiversity Emergency: The Landscape Institute has declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency. Landscape professionals occupy a unique position in combatting this crisis, whether through resilient design, rewilding, tackling air pollution, flood management and more!We want research proposals that aim to examine the global response to the climate crisis, with a focus on areas of the world that are implementing innovative and radical new approaches.We’ll also be looking out for applicants’ consideration of sustainable travel and awarding extra marks for ‘conscious’ entries – so keep this in mind!
  • Digital Placemaking: From the smart city to the environmental app, the future of design is moving in a digital direction. We want applicants to explore where in the world landscape pros are putting this tech to good use in a sustainable way.Embrace the possibilities that digital placemaking affords, in both meeting social, cultural and economic needs and deepening our relationship to our environment.
  • Inclusive Design: The needs of our communities are ever-evolving, but how can landscape practitioners keep up? With two-thirds of the world’s population posed to live in cities by 2050, it’s clear that urban design will need to meet a multitude of needs in the very near future.We want entries that challenge traditional thought and address inclusive design in all its forms: from accommodating hidden disabilities to considering the perception of minority and social economic groups.


This year, there are two different awards categories to enter: International and UK. Candidates are eligible to enter both awards this year, but will only win one prize.

The International prize will award the winner £750 to travel abroad to a country of their choice to complete a study trip outlined in their research proposal. Only students currently enrolled on an LI-accredited university course are eligible to enter this category.

The UK prize will award the winner £100 to complete their research trip within the UK. This year, the award is not limited to students on an LI-accredited course. Students currently enrolled on any related landscape, built or natural environment course are eligible to apply.

Apply for the Award

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 22 March. Please download and read the terms and conditions before making your application.

Enter the competition using the google forms below. Make sure you have fully read and understood the questions as you will not be able to return and amend your application after submission.

LI Student Travel Award 2020 International Terms and Conditions

Apply for the LI Student Travel Award (International) 2020

LI Student Travel Award 2020 UK Terms and Conditions

Apply for the LI Student Travel Award (UK) 2020

About the LI Student Travel Award

The LI Student Travel Award was launched in 2012 in memory of David Ashmore, Adrian Brunswick and Michael Norton, three landscape architects who died tragically in an air crash at Biggin Hill in 1979. A legacy was added to the fund in 1988 in memory of LI Fellow Mary Mitchell.

The award aims to support the next generation of landscape professionals and give them a head start in developing their knowledge and practice. The award is open to students on an LI-accredited course. The winner gets to travel somewhere in the world to learn about a specific landscape topic or project.

For more information about the LI Student Travel Award, email