Urban Studies Foundation: International Fellowship
A pre-announcement about the 2023 competition is available on their website using info from the 2022 round: The next round of International Fellowships funding will be announced in March 2023. To be notified about the next call, please join the USF mailing list at the bottom of this page.
Please note: the following call (including links to document downloads) applies only to the 2022 round of the scheme. Applicants should visit this page after the new round has launched in March 2022 in order to seek guidance on the new round of funding (terms, eligibility and other guidance may vary).
Anticipated Application Deadline: May 9, 2023
Abstract (from 2022 competition): Applications are invited to the USF’s International Fellowships for urban scholars from the Global South. Each award will cover the cost of a sabbatical period at a university of the candidate’s choice, worldwide, for the purpose of writing-up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles and/or a book. The proposed work should be completed under the guidance of a chosen mentor in the candidate’s field of study. Funding is available for a period ranging between 3-9 months, and eligible research may cover any theme pertinent to a better understanding of urban realities in the Global South. Information about current and previous (see Alumni) International Fellows can be found on the ‘About > People‘ section of this website.
Applicants must be early-to-mid career urban scholars with a PhD awarded within the preceding 10 years (by the submission deadline) who currently work in a university or other research institution within the Global South. Candidates must also be nationals of a country in the Global South, defined as any country on the present OECD list of ODA recipients (2023).
The candidate must make suitable arrangements to be mentored by a senior urban scholar at the candidate’s chosen research institution. Eligible research institutions may be anywhere worldwide, and Fellowships based in Global South regions are equally encouraged. Further Particulars are available to download below and must be consulted before applying to the scheme. Guidelines for prospective mentors are also available to download below.
The financial support attached to the fellowship will meet accommodation and subsistence needs while staying at the host university, return travel, and assistance towards some research costs. There is also a small budget available for the mentor to assist the Fellow to meet their intended research aims should this be appropriate. Short-listed candidates may also apply for a small supplemental grant if they have extra-ordinary costs arising during the fellowship that result from either: (a) caring responsibilities for dependent persons (e.g. childcare), or (b) disability. Fellowships should begin no earlier than July 2022, and no later than 1 year after the application deadline (i.e. by 9th May 2023). Candidates are normally expected to be notified of an outcome within eight weeks of the application deadline.