Doctoral Research Residency Program at CCA

Primary research is a critical component of all doctoral theses. The CCA offers summer residencies—ranging from four to six weeks—to support PhD candidates 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 emerging scholars with new concepts, tools, and methods for their own research while also expanding on our current projects. Recent topics have included Archival AbsencingActivisms, and Keywords for the Environment. The Doctoral Research Residency Program seeks to balance out time for writing, research, and reflection, with a pedagogical program that introduces new questions, methods, and objects to the group of doctoral candidates.

We particularly welcome applications from PhD candidates in the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, and urban planning. Applications largely come from within our international network of affiliated doctoral programs (see below for full list and here for application details). We also encourage PhD candidates from Canadian universities and non-affiliated universities worldwide to apply directly through the portal (see here for full details on the application process for Canadian universities, and here for the application process for non-affiliated institutions). While the majority of participants are architectural historians and theorists, we also invite applications from doctoral candidates in media and communication studies, Indigenous studies, science and technology studies, and environmental studies, while being open to any disciplinary affiliations.

Applicants from affiliated universities must be nominated by their respective home institution. Applications and nominations occur in February and the final selection is made in March by the CCA and the coordinators of the respective doctoral programs. The CCA informs selected Canadian and non-affiliated participants in early April. 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. global histories and postcolonial perspectives, environmental histories, the digital, photography, and history/historiography).

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

Our international network of affiliated institutions and programs includes:

Architectural Association School of Architecture
The Bartlett School of Architecture
University of California, Los Angeles, Architecture and Urban Design
Universidade de Coimbra, Department of Architecture
Columbia University, GSAPP
Cornell University, Department of Architecture
TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
ETH Zurich, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (GTA)
Harvard University, GSD
Hong Kong University, Faculty of Architecture
Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art program
Middle East Technical University, Graduate Program in Architectural History
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Architecture
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, School of Architecture
Princeton University, School of Architecture
Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, Rachel Carson Center
Southeast University, Nanjing, School of Architecture
University of Sydney, School of Architecture

We have recently hosted doctoral students from Canadian and non-affiliated institutions and programs including:

University of Alberta, Department of English and Film Studies
Carleton University, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism
Concordia University, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture
Concordia University, Department of Art History
Harvard University, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies
University of Kansas, School of Architecture and Design
McGill University, Department of Art History and Communication Studies
McGill University, Faculty of Law
McGill University, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture
Université de Montréal, Faculté de l’aménagement
New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
Université Paris-Est, École nationale supérieure d’architecture de la ville & des territoires à Marne-la-Vallée
Université Paris Nanterre, Lettres, langues, et spectacles
University of Technology Sydney, School of Architecture


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