Sign Research Foundation Scholarship Program

Bridging Theory and Practice

The Sign Research Foundation is committed to promoting a collaborative community between academics, downtown managers, and urban planners. We are pleased to offer a scholarship to 50 diverse practitioners selected to attend the 2018 National Sign Research & Education Conference (NSREC) at ISA Sign Expo. The program will take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

This unique program allows for high-level collaboration between multiple disciplines and professions with an interest in the regulation, design, placement, and effectiveness of sign systems and visual communication elements in an urban environment.

The National Sign Research & Education Conference (NSREC) is a groundbreaking event which allows top tier academics & graduate students in urban planning, architecture, engineering, law, lighting science, marketing, and design to delve into science of sign design, conspicuity, and placement and then present their findings in an engaging manner.

This year’s conference focuses on the future of signage – looking forward into a world where technology changes exponentially, not incrementally. How will the future city look? How will changes in transportation and infrastructure affect how people navigate cities and towns? What role will signage have and how must it adapt to function optimally in this future city?

Once accepted into the program, participants will receive:

  • Free entry to NSREC (a $250 value).
  • Two (2) nights of hotel stay (March 20, March 21).
  • Free entry to the ISA Sign Expo trade show floor.
  • 50% discount on all ISA Sign Expo education sessions (including sessions on digital signage, wayfinding, accessibility, urban communication, and retail sign strategies).
  • $250 stipend towards travel costs upon completion of the full program.
  • Guided tours of the trade show floor focusing on innovative materials and technology.
  • Exclusive invitation to private reception with the foundation leadership.
  • First look at the newest Sign Research Foundation white papers and academic research.

Criteria for Application

The Sign Research Foundation wants to provide an opportunity for emerging professionals to experience the breadth of inspirational, experiential and practical education in one event. Therefore, we give preference to graduate students or those applicants who have fewer than seven (7) years of practical experience in their field. The scholarship is open to urban planners, code officials, city or downtown managers, and graduate students in urban planning, architecture, design, art, marketing/business, engineering, law, and other related disciplines.

All accepted participants must commit to:

  • Being present for the full program (Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. through Thursday, March 22 at 5:00 p.m.)
  • Actively engaging and participating at round table exercises and sponsored events.
  • Completing a survey about your experience after the event.

Apply today.