Course Details

The Master in Design for Distributed Innovation (MDDI) is a distributed learning programme focused on the intersection of design, technology, ecosystems and communities to improve interspecies wellbeing. MDDI is a research and innovation ecosystem for creative professionals, entrepreneurs, policymakers and agents of change who want to realise real-world responses to the climate crisis, social injustice and biodiversity loss, connecting a global community of changemakers with local innovators in order to address complex challenges.

It combines online and in-person learning to support innovators to gain the social and technical skills needed to develop projects for positive impact with their own communities that aim for measurable transformational change towards planetary consciousness.

The programme is organised by Fab City Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. It is co-delivered by Fab Lab Barcelona at IAAC, local nodes of the distributed campus, and is supported by the global Fab Lab Network.

Competition Details

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia announces every year a Scholarship Competition giving our master’s applicants the chance to win partial scholarships covering 50%, 30%, 20% of the tuition fee of each IAAC’s Educational Programme.

Project Brief

“A decade of Harmless Entities for the Global South”.

The quantified impact of Novel Entities in our social foundations and ecological ceiling are catastrophic, and the next decade is crucial. Can we use digital technologies, distributed design and territorial intelligence to design harmless and regenerative novel entities? How the next decade of design interventions through technology looks like?

Applicants have to design a system that reconfigures the relationship between technology, communities and ecosystems, and is implemented and unfolded in 10 years, applied in any Global South context.

Applicants from all over the world can send their proposals. Scholarships will be awarded to pursue MDDI at any node in the Global South.

Who can participate?

In order to participate, candidates interested in the Scholarship Competition must fulfill the Eligibility Criteria as described in the IAAC Guide for Applicants.


How to apply for the scholarship?

To apply, each candidate should visit the Application Portal, register, select the programme they wish to apply for, upload the necessary supporting documents and finally upload their Scholarship project proposal as an additional Supporting Document.

The full list of mandatory supporting documents to prepare for the Scholarship Competition are the following:

1) Letter of intent written in English
2) A Portfolio showcasing samples of your work in English
3) CV (Curriculum Vitae/ Resume).
4) Two letters of recommendation written in English
5) A scanned copy of your bachelor’s diploma.
6) A copy of your valid passport (or I.D. if you are a citizen of a member state of the EU.)
7) The scholarship project proposal which corresponds to the Selected Programme’s proposal topic.

Important: A 50€ Application fee (non-refundable) is to be paid to submit your application.

For more detailed information on the Supporting Documents listed above please consult the IAAC Guide for Applicants.


Important Deadlines

  • Start date: 1st December 2022 – 00:00 (CET)
  • End date: 31st January 2023 – 23:59 (CET)
  • Winners announced: 17th February 2023


Selection and Evaluation Process

Once an application is received, the Admissions Coordinator will start reviewing the submitted applications to check whether they meet all eligibility requirements. Once the eligibility check is completed, Applicants will be informed of the outcome by email.

For more information refer to the IAAC Guide for Applicants.


The Selection Committee

The Jury will be integrated by master programme Directors, faculty and special guests and professionals coming from the different topics to be addressed by the competitions.


Winners Announcement

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia will inform all applicants on the results of their scholarship application on February 17th 2023.