Cordelia Dingle Fellow

9-week fellowship with $3,000 in funding to explore the future of environments
ApplyApplications open in Fall 2024

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What is the Cordelia Dingle fellowship?

Cordelia Dingle (2000-2020) was a joyous, inspired, energetic, and remarkably sensitive young scholar. In the Winter of 2020, the Building 21 community was lent the privilege of her company and friendship. During this time she pursued her research interests as a BLUE Intern. Her project sought to answer a fundamental and prescient question: what might an Urban System look like in 2070? In her memory, and in celebration of her work, Building 21 is now offering the Cordelia Dingle Fellowship.

The Cordelia Dingle Fellowship will be offered once annually, pending exemplary applications. Applications are welcome from any level of study and discipline. Creativity in focus and methodology are (in Building 21 spirit) strongly encouraged. However, we ask that applications be concerned with the future of environments, physical or cognitive. Perspectives from literature, mathematics, the fine arts, philosophy, architecture, geography—indeed, any discipline—are invited. We welcome your creativity and vision.


Application Deadline

Position type

Cohort size
1 - 2

9 weeks


Start of fellowship
February 5, 2024

End of fellowship
April 12, 2024

Building 21, 651 Sherbrooke St. West

Develop one’s personal, original, creative, and rigorous academic project in order to acquire the knowledge and skills to think beyond the acknowledged, the recognized, and the comfortable.

Pursue projects and ideas promoting a future of open science.

As an aspect of the fellowship, students will also be asked to help organize or host B21 events and take on some administrative tasks.

This is not for credit.

Past projects

How to design a post-consumption urban-system?
Cordelia Dingle, Winter 2020

Forget the Rent: Reimagining Housing as a Fundamental Right
Sarah Graham, Winter 2021

Using AI to translate chronic pain experiences into immersive VR representations
Valérie Bourassa and Hannah Derue, Winter 2023

What it means

Eligibility and requirements

How to submit a successful application

Applicants will be asked to ‘wow’ the selection committee in the manner they prefer. This means choosing whatever platform they feel will best highlight both their ideas and personal strengths (video, text, music, filmed performance, unusual and original research work, etc.).

The application should highlight the originality, boldness, and creativity of the idea submitted. We are looking for students who are passionate, engaged, autonomous, and are obsessed with knowledge, learning, and discovery.

Important: articulate the unknown that you're trying to uncover as clearly as you can!

In your application, think about the question or the unknown that you are trying to get at, and articulate it in your application.

Due to the expected large volume of applications, please aim for maximum impact and clarity as opposed to detail. We strongly recommend keeping videos and similar applications to be viewed within 3-5 minutes.

If you are shortlisted, we may call you for an interview where you are expected to explain your rationale for applying, and your overall goals.

More information

Anita Parmar
Co-director, Building 21

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Ollivier Dyens
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