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Funded PhD student position - Landscape Architecture

Applicants to the PhD require a Master`s degree from the University of Calgary or another recognized institution. Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary.

Admission is highly competitive and a limited number of places are available each year. Applicants to the PhD program must possess a grade point average (GPA) above 3.50 on a 4-point scale. The online application system opens on September 1, and the application deadline is February 1.

In order for an applicant to be considered for admission, there must be a qualified supervisor within EVDS. It is strongly encouraged to have some contact whether in person, by phone or via e-mail with faculty members who may share similar research interests. Research topics are listed on our web site and are linked to faculty working those areas.


Research Degree Funding

Committing to a thesis-based research degree is a rewarding academic endeavor, but is one that also has significant time and financial commitments. Prospective students are advised that while there are funding opportunities available through the University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design, and externally, these are limited and provided on a competitive basis. Students must therefore ensure that they have a funding plan that accounts for their entire time in the program

Limited funding assistance is available for students admitted to the program and as such this is primarily a self-funded program. The expectation is that students will have the financial resources required to attend the program if admitted and that they will seek additional scholarship and student award funding to supplement their own. We therefore require a funding plan that provides evidence of sufficient financial resources to carry out the program of study. For PhD admission a four-year funding plan is required. For MEDes admission a two-year funding plan is required.

Internal University of Calgary and EVDS funding that may be available includes scholarships and teaching assistantships. Graduate students may have the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant, but please note that teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and are not a guaranteed source of income.
Several external sources also provide opportunities for funding. We require all thesis students to apply for both Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) or equivalent funding and the University scholarship competitions each year as applicable. Assistance in preparation of funding applications is provided through EVDS 753 Research Skills and Critical Thinking, which all thesis students are required to complete.
Please note that students who do not apply for Tri-Council or equivalent funding may not be considered eligible for EVDS funding assistance. Success in applying for competitive funding, either from Tri-Council sources or through the University's scholarship competitions, benefits both the student and the Faculty.


Research Proposal

A research statement (maximum of 1500 words).  Please note that this research statement must include the following sections: Background, research questions, literature review, research methodology, intellectual merit of the proposed research, and broader impacts of the proposed research.  The research statement should also indicate if ethics approval is required to carry out the proposed research.


Components of the Application Package

To apply for admission to the PhD program in Environmental Design, the following documents must be submitted by February 1 for September admission:

    1. Click here to access the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application system. You will be prompted to create or have your eID ready to access the on-line application.
    2. Non-refundable application fee: CDN $125 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and CDN $145 for international students who will be attending on a Study Permit.
    3. One official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended. (If you attended University in another country, please check our international admissions requirements.)
    4. Three appropriate letters of reference (at least two should be academic) dated within 12 months of the date of application. Referees will be notified by email (once the applicant's online form has been submitted) and provided a link to complete an online reference. Only if the online form cannot be completed, referees may use this form.
    5. Proof of English Proficiency, if required.
    6. Research Funding Plan
    7. Research Proposal (see above) - uploaded through online application.
    8. Example(s) of work: at least one example of the applicant's previous academic or professional productivity such as a written essay, published paper, thesis, design project, consulting report - uploaded through the online application. A design portfolio is optional, and would be additional to the required written example of work.
    9. A Curriculum Vitae, uploaded to the online application.

Please note: Transcripts can either be sent directly to EVDS from the institution, or applicants can receive them and then send/deliver them to EVDS - envelopes must be received by EVDS sealed and signed.

For more information on PhD admissions, please refer to the Graduate Calendar.