CCA Doctoral Students Program

Primary research is a critical component of all doctoral theses. The CCA offers several summer residencies—ranging from one to three months—to support PhD students in pursuing archival research based on our collection. While candidates apply with a clearly defined research topic that will benefit from exposure to the CCA Collection, we also see the doctoral program as an opportunity to introduce new voices into the research we do here. As part of the residency the CCA organizes a one week seminar—a topical “Toolkit for Today”—which provides scholars with new concepts, tools, and methods for their own research while also expanding on our current projects. Recent topics have included “The Digital,” “Keywords for the Environment,” and “Oral History.”

For PhD candidates enrolled in doctoral programs in history and theory of architecture, planning, humanities, communications and social sciences at Canadian universities, research grants are offered for up to three months.

We also welcome PhD candidates from within our network of affiliated American and international doctoral programs in the history and theory of architecture for residencies of 4 to 6 weeks. Participating American universities include Columbia University, New York; Cornell University, Ithaca; Harvard University GSD, Cambridge; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Princeton University, Princeton; IIT, Chicago; and UCLA, Los Angeles. International partners include the Architectural Association, London, UK; The Bartlett School of Architecture, London, UK; Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal; TU Delft, Netherlands; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; and the University of Sydney, Australia.

In 2018, the CCA will for the first time offer residencies of 4 to 6 weeks for up to three PhD candidates enrolled in doctoral programs in the history and theory of architecture at non-affiliated universities.

We strongly encourage doctoral researchers whose projects will be based on recent acquisitions to check and confirm availability with ref@cca.qc.ca before submitting their project proposals.

PhD candidates from Canadian universities and those from non-affiliated universities worldwide must apply directly to the CCA. Applicants from affiliated universities must be nominated by their respective home institution. Applications and nominations occur in the winter and the final selection is made in the spring by the CCA and the coordinators of the respective doctoral programs. Research projects should relate either to the CCA Collection (archival holdings, prints and drawings, photography, library, artifacts and ephemera) or to our main research themes (e.g., the digital, photography, environmental histories, and history/historiography).

The CCA gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the TD Bank Group.

Application and selection

For PhD candidates enrolled in Canadian universities, the next round of the TD Bank Group-CCA Collection Research Grant, within the framework of the CCA Doctoral Students Program, is now open for application. The deadline is 15 March 2018. Applications should be submitted through the CCA online application portal. Guidelines are available as a printable PDF.

For US-American and International PhD candidates enrolled in doctoral programs from within our network of affiliated universities, the participating schools will preselect and communicate the names of potential candidates at the end of February 2018.

For all other international PhD candidates enrolled in doctoral programs at non-affiliated universities, the first CCA Doctoral Students Program is now open for application. The deadline is 15 March 2018. Applications should be submitted through the CCA online application portal. Guidelines are available as a printable PDF.

Applications enrolled at Canadian universities and those at non-affiliated universities will be notified of the selection process directly by the CCA in April 2018, and candidates from within our network of affiliated universities will be notified by their respective program coordinators in April 2018.

2017 Doctoral Students

Ioanna Angelidou (Yale University, New Haven)
Aleksandr Bierig (Harvard University, Cambridge)
Stephanie Chipeur (McGill University, Montreal)
Dariel Cobb (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge)
Salvatore Dellaria (Cornell University, Ithaca)
Miguel Eufrasia (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Michael Faciejew (Princeton University, Princeton)
Christina Gray (University of California, Los Angeles)
Mathilde de Laage de Meux (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Sang Pil Lee (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)
Rebecca Lemire (Concordia University, Montreal)
Jasper Ludewig (University of Sydney, Australia)
Kieran Mahon (The Bartlett School of Architecture, London)
Manuel Montenegro (ETH, Zurich)
Phoebus Panigyrakis (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Marcos Amado Petroli (Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago)
Stefan Popa (Architectural Association, London)
Julia Smachylo (Harvard University, Cambridge)


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