Students may be involved at IPLAI in various ways. For example, students may suggest a reading or working group.  IPLAI also offers a range of internship and fellowship opportunities for McGill undergraduate and graduate students. Scroll down for Internship partners and hosts. See past award winners here.

IPLAI-Henry Luce Foundation Graduate Researcher in Practice Based Research

IPLAI seeks a graduate student for Sept 2017-April 2018 as part of our year-long pilot project on models of researcher-artist practice-based research (PBR). With funding from the Henry Luce Foundation IPLAI has established two teams of McGill researchers (two researchers in each team), who will be working in close collaboration with an artist. The first research team is Prof. Lawrence Joseph and Prof Ian Gold. Their project concerns the experiences of women and psychiatric care in the Montreal health care system. The second research team is Prof. Argerie Tsimicalis and Prof. Franco Carnevale. Their project concerns issues of autonomy, agency and morality in children with brittle bone disease.

While interesting and effective examples of practice based research are now common, there is still relatively little documentation on the collaborative process itself between researchers and artists. We wish to investigate the collaborative process, and so seek a graduate student to:

  • follow both research teams,
  • conduct interviews and other methods of data collection,
  • produce a document (in partnership with the research teams) outlining the progression of the research projects,
  • identify problems that arose, solutions found (or not found),
  • make proposals for best practices in PBR.

We therefore seek a graduate student with experience in ethnographic research methods, a strong interest in practice based research, and, ideally, some knowledge or interest in qualitative research methods more generally. Interest in the research topics is, of course, a plus!

The pay will be a research stipend of $8000 CN total for the Fall and Winter terms. The graduate student must be fluent in English and French. This position is open to McGill students only.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until September 15 2017. For information on how to apply, please download instructions here.


Archie Malloch Undergraduate Internship in Public Learning

Intended for students entering the final year of their undergraduate programs, this award enables students to carry out a summer internship with a host organization. IPLAI has partnered with an excellent group of Montreal-based, Toronto-based and International organizations interested in arts, social policy and public engagement. Selected interns would be matched with host based on placement availability and student interests. McGill undergraduate students from all faculties are encouraged to apply, but note that as we are partnering with the Arts Internship Office, two out of the four awards will be given only to students in the Faculty of Arts. See list below of past partner organizations.

Value: $2000 to $2500 each
Duration: minimum of 150 hours, between 1 May and 31 August
Number of awards available: 4 (*for 2017 we have added two more internships courtesy of the Arts Internship office)
Applications due Feb 20, 2017.

Application Instructions

Note – To receive one of the awards from the AIO, recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Studying as an undergraduate Faculty of Arts student (BA, BA& Sc, BSW)
  • Must be returning to McGill in the fall semester following the summer internship
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.7

To receive one of the awards through IPLAI, recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Studying as an undergraduate student at any faculty
  • Must be returning to McGill in the fall semester following the summer internship
  • No minimum CGPA required

ie. applicants who do not meet the requirements for the AIO will be considered under IPLAI’s criteria. You do not have to specify which set you are applying for in your written application.


Archie Malloch Graduate Fellowships in Public Learning

This award offers financial support to students in the final stages of thesis completion who show exceptional academic promise and whose intellectual pursuits are reflected in and may be supported by the work of the Institute.  IPLAI welcomes applications from graduate students in any discipline.

Value: Up to $6500 (amount may vary from year to year)
Duration: 1 September to 31 December or 1 January to 30 April
Number of awards available: 1 in Fall term; 1 in Winter term* (we have added an additional internship for 2017, which can be in either FW term or the summer term; therefore the total number of awards will be 3 rather than 2)
Applications due Feb 20, 2017.

Application Instructions

Fred and Betty Price Research Award

This award offers financial support to research-stage graduate students whose work involves the collections of the McCord Museum. McGill graduate students in the Faculties of Arts, Education, Law, Management, and Religious Studies, and in the Schools of Architecture and Music are eligible for this award.  This award is open for re-application; that is, students who have held the award previously may apply again for the award.

Value: up to $8,000
Duration: 1 June to 31 August
Number of awards available: 1
Applications due Feb 20, 2017.

Application Instructions


Internship Hosts and Partner Organizations:

In the past IPLAI has worked with the following host/partner organizations for both Undergraduate Internships and Graduate archival research. Note that some hosts are located outside of Montreal.

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
Canadian Centre for Architecture
McCord Museum
Montreal Baroque Festival
Musée des beaux arts
Segal Centre for Performing Arts
Visual Voice Gallery
Suoni per il Popol0/Sala Rossa
Eastern Bloc
The Laboratory of Urban Culture
Atelier Celadon
Under Pressure
The Eastern Door
Teesri Duniya Theatre

The Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece)
The Toronto Tool Library (Toronto)
The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) (Toronto)
South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) (Toronto)
Mammalian Diving Reflex (Toronto & international: Hemsbach (Germany), London (UK) & TBA)