Esse is pleased to present  its 2024-2025 series of digital residencies in partnership with Érudit.

During the digital residencies, the selected authors will have an opportunity to access writings published in various cultural and scholarly magazines hosted on the Érudit platform and all the essays available on the website. Selected participants will therefore be able to develop their research in line with current aesthetic and social issues, and to include the disciplinary approaches of their choice (sociology, art history, philosophy, etc.). Socially engaged practices and questions about inclusion (Indigenous practices, cultural diversity, reflections on ableism, feminist practices, gender questions, and so on) are welcome, as well as analyses that draw parallels between different materialist perspectives, or those that observe the evolution of curatorial practices. Finally, through the residencies authors will be encouraged to develop their ideas and practices by familiarizing themselves with key texts produced over the last two or three decades; their goal will be to produce an essay that will be published on the platform.

In addition to full access to all the online content of Esse and to all the free archives on the Érudit platform, the authors will have support from Esse’s editorial committee for the reading and editing of their essay, as well as a research and writing honorarium of $1,500. If they wish, the residents may also ask to work at Esse’s physical premises in Montréal.

The essay produced during the residency must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words. Residents may choose to write in French or English; the final text will be translated and published in both languages.

Five residency periods are available, and applicants must indicate in their application which they prefer (several choices possible). A second call for residencies will be issued in the fall for residencies 3, 4, and 5, which will take place between November 2024 and June 2025.

These digital residencies are made possible thanks to the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

To apply, you must send before June 7 a 500-word text summarizing your research intention, along with two texts, published or not, to The subject of the email should be “Application for digital residencies”.

Please provide the following information:

1. Personal information

– Full name
– Pronoun used (optional)
– Phone number
– Email address

2. Preferred residency period

– Residency #1: mid-June to mid-September
– Residency #2: mid-September to mid-December

3. Supporting documents

– A short biography (maximum 150 words)
– Research intention (maximum 500 mots): Describe the research questions that you wish to explore during the residency and explain how this residency will be beneficial to your practice or career.
– Two examples of texts, published or not, maximum 1,000 words each. If the texts are longer, indicate the part of the text to which the reading committee should pay attention.

If you have questions about the application process or need specific accommodations to help you succeed in applying, please contact us at