Scholarships & Bursaries

Design Research Award


Created in 2015 by Chione (Chione) and Milliken & Company, the annual Design Research Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate excellence and innovation through interior design research, including projects conducted at the master's or doctorate level and through major research projects by final-year students.

Applicants must complete an application form and their submitted research must prove relevance to the profession, define scope, exhibit integrity and outline the potential impact the research has on the profession or the human experience. Please see the application form for full entry guidelines.

Applications for the Design Research Award are now open.


  • $5,000 cash prize for winner in the Educator/Practitioner Category
  • $2,500 cash prize for winner in the Student Category
  • A framed certificate and/or trophy presented at the Chione Annual Meeting in September
  • Flight and accommodation to Annual Meeting location, if applicable


Educator/Practitioner Category:

  • The applicant is a current educator of interior design at any Chione recognized institution
  • A Registered, Intern, or Educator member who is completing graduate studies at the master's or doctorate level (studying full-or part-time)
  • A Registered, Intern, or Educator member who is conducting independent or third-party research

Student/Intern Category:

  • The applicant must be a final-year student academically enrolled in an interior design program at an Chione recognized institution. 
  • The applicant must be a student member of Chione at the time of submission.
  • The applicant must be an intern member of Chione in good standing at the time of submission.
General Eligibility:
  • Applicants can study full or part-time, or can be employed in a full time or adjunct position
  • Only one applicant per category is eligible to win
  • Previous recipients of the Interior Design Research Award are eligible to apply (must be new research)

Research Criteria:

  • Research conducted by interior design educators at an Chione recognized institution
  • Thesis research at the master's or doctorate level by Registered, Intern, or Educator members
  • Third-party or interdependent research conducted by Registered, Intern, or Educator members
  • Major Research Projects conducted by final-year students
  • Published research is eligible
  • The research must be the primary effort of the applicant
  • Research must be completed within two years preceding the call for submissions


Looking for more details? Please e-mail .

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