2018-2019 PhD Fellowships + Grants

The School of Architecture's PhD in the Constructed Environment doctoral candidates continue to excel in fellowship and grant funding to support their scholarship and research. For the 2018-2019 year, the PhD students have been awarded over $80,000 for their research and dissertations.

Congratulations to all 2018-19 PhD fellowship, award, and grant winners!


Patricia Basile - 4th year

Patricia was awarded the 2018 UVA Americas Center/Centro de las Americas Graduate Fellowship for $6,000, which will be used to support a combination of research trips and writing. This fellowship recognizes scholars working in the fields of Latino/a studies, Asian Pacific studies, Native/indigenous studies, and/or African diaspora studies. Patricia's research examines how the processes contributing to the production of urban space worldwide perpetuate inequalities and segregation. Within this line of research, her dissertation focuses on the production and maintenance of community governance through space, everyday practices and collective action in Sao Paulo’s favelas using a case study approach.


Fatmah Behbehani - 3rd year

Fatmah received three grants for the 2018-19 year:

- A Double Hoos Research Grant for $6,000. This year, she will collaborate with Caroline Alberti, a third-year student majoring in global studies, environments and sustainability and in French. They are researching private-public partnerships in the provision of housing projects in Morocco, particularly the impact the private-public partnership model has on community development and how civic partners affect the delivery of housing projects.

- The 2018-2019 Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures Buckner W. Clay Summer Research Grant (UVA) for $3,500 to begin field research in Morocco.

- The Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies Grant ($10,000) for her proposal entitled, "The Planning and Social Implications of Morocco's New Town Experiment." Created in 1994 with an endowment provided by Aline Laveen MacMahon Stein, the Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies supports the research, teaching, and community service of students and faculty who have demonstrated an interest in the ideas of Clarence Stein (1882-1975), an American planner, architect, and writer. The Stein Institute is based in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. Grant recipients are welcome from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban history, historic preservation, and city and regional planning, and the research supported by the Stein Institute encompasses both urban and suburban development. 


Zhiqiu Jiang - 2nd year

Zhiqiu's doctoral research is focused on transportation planning and she will work with Max Zheng of Herndon, a second-year computer science and economics major as part of her 2018 Double Hoos Research Grant ($6000). Together, they will combine data gathered from social media as well as an on-site questionnaire to assess the public’s opinion towards driverless technology, to be used in transportation planning and policy decision-making.

She also received a 2018-19 Presidential Fellowship in Data Science Applications for $30,000. The Presidential Fellowships in Data Science are designed to support research projects related to Big Data or Data Science problems which require the diverse knowledge and expertise of collaborating student groups. The projects address complex socially significant problems while advancing individual research projects.


Kelly Ritter - 4th year

Kelly received the 2018 Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Grant, awarded to support participation in the 2018 Association of Asian Studies in Asia Conference to be held in July 2018 at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. She will serve as chair and participant on "Material Matters: (Re)envisioning “China” with the practice of art and architecture," a panel focused on architectural history at the conference.

She also received the 2018-19 Dumas Malone Research Fellowship, which supports the research of outstanding, advanced graduate students with a need to investigate archives in a foreign country or countries. This Fellowship will provide funding for Kelly to conduct archival research in Shanghai, China. Her work investigates the social and cultural debates in the pictorial magazine, Modern Sketch, and how it changed the meaning of 1930's Shanghai buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods.


Julia Triman - 4th year

Julia received the  2018-19 AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship, which provides awards of $20,000 to support women scholars in the process of completing their dissertation. Julia's dissertation is titled, “Regulating Wildness: Planning Discourses of Weeds and Wildlife in Washington, D.C.” which explores what it might mean to invite spontaneity into processes idealizing order, predictability, and human intentionality.