Urban Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 93 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Urban Studies Foundation (USF) is inviting PhD holders engaged in Urban Studies research to apply for the Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2019. Up to 5 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Urban Studies will be awarded.

These awards are intended to enable the Fellows to design and undertake a programme of up to 3 years of dedicated Urban Studies research at any eligible institution of higher education around the world. The research programme should involve original empirical inquiry, methodological rigour and conceptual innovation, set within a detailed knowledge of relevant existing research and scholarship. Fellows are expected to publish outputs from this research in the international Urban Studies (and cognate) literature, as well as take seriously possibilities for achieving impact beyond the academy.

The Fellowships aim to promote high-quality research in Urban Studies and to nurture a new generation of early career researchers in the field. Applicants may apply to be hosted by the institution to which they are already attached (the host institution), or at another institution with a recognised base in Urban Studies research, anywhere in the world. They need to have a mentor based in that host institution, with whom they should work closely for the duration of the Fellowship.

Fellows must primarily be based full-time at the host institution throughout the fellowship, except where their research may require that they be elsewhere for any extended duration (e.g. fieldwork).


The fellowship award is worth up to £160,000 in total, up to an absolute maximum of £53,334 per year, paid directly to the host institution. The host institution should agree an annual salary for the Fellow at an appropriate regional rate to be paid from these payments, and with an undertaking to use all remaining funds for supporting the research of the Fellow.  The host institution must undertake to meet the expenses of the Fellowship – e.g. for field research, conference attendance, publication costs, etc. – as well as the Fellow’s salary. Should these expenses exceed £53,334 a year, then it is the responsibility of the host institution to meet such additional costs.


Applicants can come from any part of the world and can be residents or working in any part of the world. They must have a program of work which will advance scholarly knowledge of any element of cities and urbanisation to the highest international standards of peer review.

Applicants must have obtained a PhD within the preceding 5 years and they must be demonstrably involved in Urban Studies research, with any disciplinary orientation within social sciences or arts and humanities. They should have a credible programme of future Urban Studies research and scholarship. They need to develop their application in close association with a mentor from the potential host institution, and the application form requires input from the applicant, the mentor and the host institution.

Those who are finishing or waiting for examination results or who are undertaking corrections of their PhDs, are not eligible.

It is expected that the applicant must have had formal association as an employee (lecturer, postdoctoral fellow,
research assistant, etc.) of 1 or more HEIs/relevant organisations during the intervening years (e.g. industry, research, policy, etc.). The intention of this scheme is not to offer a route back into academia for someone who has been away from their research field for several years. But the Urban Studies Foundation will consider applicants who can demonstrate
justified career interruptions due to circumstances including unemployment, carer responsibilities, illness, parental leave, or other extraordinary circumstances.

The applicant must demonstrably be an Urban Studies scholar, and the onus will be on applicants to demonstrate that their research fits the description of being relevant to Urban Studies. Even if applying directly after the award of their PhD, the expectation is that an applicant will already have some profile in Urban Studies research – more developed with greater time
period since the award of their PhD – and applicants should expect to provide evidence of relevant achievements (publications, grant awards, presentations, prizes, etc.).


Applications are to be sent via email by 21 October 2019.

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