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Urban Studies Foundation International Fellowships 2020 for Urban Scholars from the Global South

Applications are open for the Urban Studies Foundation (USF) International Fellowships 2020. The Fellowship covers the costs of a sabbatical period at a university of the candidate’s choice in the Global North or South for the purpose of writing-up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles and/or a book under the guidance of a chosen mentor in their field of study.

Funding is available for a period ranging between 3-9 months, and the proposed research may comprise any theme pertinent to a better understanding of urban realities in the Global South.

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About Urban Studies Foundation (USF)

The main objective of the USF is to provide significant grant funding and support to individuals and institutions engaged in the advancement of groundbreaking postgraduate urban academic research and education. They achieve these aims primarily through their core grant-funding streams The Urban Studies Foundation (USF) was established in 2008. The seeds for it were laid in the previous decade, however, when in the 1990s the editors of the journal Urban Studies began to fund urban research within the University of Glasgow through seed corn grants... read more


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USF International Fellowships


Aim and Benefits of USF International Fellowships

  1. The financial support attached to the fellowship will meet accommodation and subsistence needs while staying at the host university, return (economy class) air fare, and assistance towards research costs (including any enrolment fees and other resource costs).
  2. There is also a small budget available for the mentor to assist the Fellow to meet their intended research aims should this be appropriate.
  3. Shortlisted candidates may also apply for a small amount of limited extra-ordinary care costs, for example to support any additional care costs for dependent person(s) incurred during the sabbatical. Fellowships should begin no later than 1 year after the application deadline (i.e. by April 30, 2021). Applicants are expected to be notified of an outcome normally within four weeks of the application deadline.

Requirements for USF International Fellowships Qualification

  1. Applicants must be early-to-mid career urban scholars with a PhD obtained within the preceding 10 years (by the submission deadline) who currently work in a university or other research institution within the Global South.
  2. Candidates must also be nationals of a country in the Global South, defined as any country on the present OECD list of ODA recipients (2018-2020).

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Application Deadline

April 30, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Urban Studies Foundation (USF) on forms.zohopublic.eu to apply

The application must include:

  1. Applicant information including: contact details, recent education, recent academic roles, and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Both referees should be prepared to submit blind letters of recommendation to the Urban Studies Foundation upon request.
  2. Fellowship proposal information including dates, mentorship and host institution arrangements.
  3. A draft budget with main cost items.
  4. A proposal that includes: an outline of the planned research (1200 words maximum), intended outputs (300 words maximum), designation of the host institution (300 words maximum), and a statement of how the candidate’s chosen mentor will support and facilitate the proposed research (300 words maximum).
  5. Proof of applicant’s nationality and therefore eligibility for the award.
  6. Applicant CV listing academic achievements and publications (3 pages maximum).
  7. Short CV from the mentor which includes any previous mentoring experience (3 pages maximum).
  8. Supporting letter from the prospective mentor stating their willingness to act as a mentor to the fellow, and indicating the suitability of the host institution for the proposed sabbatical study (2 pages maximum).

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