CURA Fellowships and Bursaries

Making Mega-Projects Work for Communities, a community university research alliance (CURA), strives to understand: (1) how large-scale projects fit into their urban surroundings, (2) how urban development and management decisions are made and implemented, and (3) how neighbourhood groups, university researchers and alliances between the two can help produce large projects that work well, environmentally, socially and economically, both on the project site and for the wider urban context.  The specific focus of the research is the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Glen Campus and the Turcot and their impacts on the surrounding neighbourhoods.  The project draws on both traditional academic research and action research. More information on the project and its objectives is available at:

Master’s Research Fellowships of $2000 are available to support completion of final Master’s papers (thesis, memoire, supervised research report) and the preparation of summary materials on topics of relevance to the CURA. Note: smaller projects may also be funded with smaller amounts. Projects must be completed by July 2013.

Admissibility:  CURA master’s fellowships target students enrolled in the academic programs of participating faculty (see list below) and pursuing a master’s degree in a related area of interest (urban planning, architecture, political science, etc.). Eligible candidates must produce a final research project or paper under the supervision or co-supervision of a participating professor as well as two short documents (e.g. Powerpoint presentation, training materials, academic article or summary report) for the CURA.  Presentation of results to community may also be requested. 

Priority areas of concern are studies of:

(a) the social, economic and environmental impacts of the MUHC Glen Campus, the Turcot, the CHUM, the Université de Montreal Outremont campus or similar cases in the Montreal area;

(b) housing dynamics in the Montreal neighbourhoods surrounding the above developments, including assessments of neighbourhood-specific housing needs (social, assisted, family, etc.), substandard rental properties in the project area, land ownership transfer patterns and policies to combat gentrification, stabilise residential population, create partnerships to generate affordable housing projects and/or improve mixity;

(c) quantitative analysis of spatial determinants (social, economic and environmental conditions) of quality of life and health outcomes in the neighbourhoods surrounding the MUHC and the Turcot (data available for analysis);

(d) policies to promote local economic development linked to hospitals, medical complexes and university campuses;

(e) the role of community activism, the table de quartier, and community organizations in shaping neighbourhood developments in areas surrounding the above projects;

(f) participatory processes associated with the above large-scale projects or district redevelopment proposals;

(g) case studies of decision-making processes around urban development, mega-project design in Montreal; and

(h) analysis of how to promote government policy change and experimentation around any of the above.

Research may have already commenced but should be completed by July 2013.

Pre-application process:  Please discuss your research interests and plans with one of the academics indicated below and Lisa Bornstein. In the event that they are willing to supervise or co-supervise your work, please contact Lisa Bornstein to assure that there is ‘fit’ with our research needs. 

Application process:  Once pre-approved, submit the following documents:

  • An application form (four pages, when completed).
  • A copy of the more detailed research proposal (if available) submitted to the supervising academic, departmental unit, or ethic review board.
  • A confidential letter of recommendation from the research supervisor (e-mailed directly).

Note: in exceptional circumstances, research of direct relevance may be supported even when supervised by academics other than those listed below.  Inquiries from the supervisor should be directed to Lisa Bornstein, project director.

Deadline:  Application forms are available on the website at A completed application form must be submitted no later than Dec 3, 2012 by email to cura.urbanplanning [at]

Selection process:  Upon review of the complete application, interviews will be held with ‘short-listed’ candidates.  Decisions on funded projects will be made by January 8th, 2013.

For more information, please contact the cura.urbanplanning [at] (CURA Admin) or one of following participating faculty, by e-mail :

McGill University (Urban Planning)

lisa.bornstein [at] (Lisa Bornstein)
david.brown [at] (David Brown)
raphael.fischler [at] (Raphael Fischler)
Ray.Tomalty [at] (Ray Tomalty)
Nik.Luka [at] (Nik Luka)
Ahmed.ElGeneidy [at] (Ahmed El-Geneidy)

INRS – Urbanisation, Culture et Société

richard_shearmur [at] (Richard Shearmur)
david.brown [at] (Damaris Rose)

Concordia (Geography & Urban Studies)

pierreg [at] (Pierre Gauthier)
jjaeger [at] (Jochen Jaeger)

Université de Montréal (Architecture)

daniel.pearl [at] (Daniel Pearl)
alan.j.knight [at] (Alan Knight)


latendresse.anne [at] (Anne Latendresse (Géographie))
frohn.winnie [at] (Winnie Frohn (Études Urbaines et Touristiques))

Douglas Research Institute

yan.kestens [at] (Yan Kestens)


Master's Fellowships Description:

Bilingual CURA Fellowships Description 2012  [.doc]

Master's Fellowships Application Form:
Application form: fellowships [.doc]

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