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IDC Foundation


The Interior Designers of Canada Foundation (IDCF) was founded in 1990 as a registered charitable foundation, with a mission to contribute to the advancement of the interior design profession nationally.

IDCF is managed by a board of volunteers, with support from IDC staff, who organize events to raise funds for the foundation and help promote the work of the foundation and IDC members across the country.


In addition, the IDCF:

  • Provides scholarships, bursaries, and fellowships to interior design students and practitioners to further their training, development and/or continuing education;
  • Endows or establishes professorships and other positions for the teaching of interior design at educational institutions;
  • Grants and confers awards, citations, medals, and other prizes in recognition of educational or other meritorious works in the field of interior design;
  • Provides for the preparation and dissemination to the public of educational and scientific information on the discipline of interior design, and in the related arts and sciences, through such means as publications, exhibits, conferences, lectures, and seminars;
  • Provides grants in aid of research or to undertake research in the field of interior design and in associated disciplines.

Legacy Fund

The IDC Foundation Legacy Fund at Ryerson University, School of Graduate Studies, was created in 2008 with a pledge of $50,000 from the Foundation with an initial gift of $30,000.

The fund will provide an annual award to an eligible interior design student enrolled in the Master of Interior Design program at the School of Graduate Studies and/or a design related masters program associated with the faculty of Communication & Design at Ryerson University.

Teknion/Global Fellowship

In 1997 the Teknion/Global Fellowship was established at the University of Manitoba, Department of Interior Design in support of students in a Post-Professional Master’s of Interior Design program, or for entry to a PhD program where the focus is on Interior Design research and who has demonstrated potential for innovative research.

Teknion/Global (IDCF) Fellowship | Deadline: January 12, 2024  4 p.m. 

Approximate value: $20,000

Terms of Reference

The Interior Designers of Canada Foundation (IDCF) has established a fund for students with high standing in the Post-Professional Masters of Interior Design Program or for entry to a Ph.D. Program where the focus is on Interior Design research and has demonstrated potential for innovative research.

This fellowship shall be offered to graduate students who:

  • are a graduate of Interior Design from a university or college accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA),
  • or equivalent, if the degree / diploma was taken outside Canada or the United States
  • are registered in the Post-Professional Masters of Interior Design Program at the University of Manitoba, or have been accepted
  • into a Ph.D. Program at the University of Manitoba, where the focus of research is Interior Design
  • have an outstanding record of academic achievement (minimum degree grade point average of 3.5)
  • demonstrate potential for innovative research in Interior Design

Applications for the IDCF/Teknion Fellowship should :

  • be no longer than a two pages plus bibliography
  • make a case for the project, as worthy of the support
  • include an abstract for the research topic, and describe it’s purpose and intended benefits for Interior Design
  • briefly describe the academic framework for the work that references substantial academic texts and concepts
  • include a paragraph that explains your research methods and processes, including ethics approvals, as required
  • explain how you will use the funds to advance the research. This may include travel – for case studies or to conduct interviews
  • include a concise bibliography with the application
  • provide a timeline outlining the stages and projected completion date
  • include a CV that helps the committee evaluate the candidate’s capacity to undertake the research
  • provide a proposed budget

Preference shall be given to candidates who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants pursuing original research in Interior Design. A student may apply for this award in two consecutive years. The recipient of the award shall be designated the Teknion / Global (IDCF) Fellow. The Teknion / Global Fellow will report annually to the IDCF President in writing on research progress by July 31 in the given year and will provide a synopsis of the completed thesis to the IDCF.

Application Deadline: January 12, 2024 4:00 pm


Until further notice, awards applications will only be accepted via email.


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IDC Scholarships and Bursaries

Wayne Thomson Scholarship

The Wayne Thomson Scholarship, established by IDC and Wayne’s life partner, recently deceased, John Donat, honors the memory of Wayne Thomson – a prominent Ontario interior designer – and assists intern/provisional members with the cost of the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam.

The scholarship is awarded annually to one or more candidates under financial hardship who have recently completed the IDFX, IDPX and are eligible for or have completed the practicum for the NCIDQ. Applicants must be fully qualified intern/provisional members of their provincial interior design association.



Robert Ledingham Scholarship

The Robert Ledingham Legacy Foundation, established by IDC and the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia (IDIBC) in 2013, honours the memory of Robert (Bob) Ledingham, one of Canada’s most celebrated interior designers. Robert Ledingham was instrumental in advancing the profession locally, nationally, and internationally, and was a leader in the development of the interior design educational accreditation process in North America. In keeping with the spirit of Bob’s passion for education, his legacy foundation supports this scholarship program.

The Robert Ledingham Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more candidates who have recently been accepted, or who are currently enrolled (within their first year of study) in graduate school at the master’s or doctorate level.


The IDC Foundation is holding a special event in honour of Robert Ledingham on June 16, 2021. Learn more about the Robert Ledingham Lecture Series featuring Klaus Nienkämper and register today.


BYU Design Bursary

Created in 2014 by IDC and Bob’s Your Uncle (BYU) Design, owned by IDC Fellow, past-president and Registered interior designers Ada Bonini and Cheryl Broadhead, the BYU Design Bursary is awarded annually to one or more emerging professionals who, for reasons of financial hardship, are unable to join their provincial interior design association as an Intern/Provisional member.


IDC Research Grants

  1. IDC Foundation Research and Development Grant (for conducting research by a practitioner)
  2. IDC Foundation Research Grant (for conducting research by a practitioner or an academic)
  3. IDC Foundation Research Bursary (for students in Masters and PhD programs who submit research projects – for their work on a thesis or for research)
  4. IDC Foundation Project Grant (for support by a stakeholder in the interior design profession)

2023 Foundation board members

  • Deborah Rutherford, Chair (ON)
  • Linda Makins (ON)
  • Lori Arnold (NS)
  • Tiiu Poldma, PhD (QC)
  • Theo West-Parks (ON) 
  • Sharon Martens (AB) 
  • Glen Brewer (ON)


Foundation Reports


2023 Foundation Report


Rapport Annuel 2023 De La FDIC (FR)

2022 Foundation Report

Rapport Annuel 2022 De La FDIC (FR)

2021 Foundation Report

Rapport Annuel 2021 De La FDIC (FR)



For more information, please contact or call 877.443.4425.

Donations can be made online or via cheque to:

IDC Foundation
901 King Street W., Suite 400
Toronto, ON M5V 3H5

All donations over $25 will receive a tax receipt.