Funding Opportunities

We select individuals, groups and research projects that we can assist financially. A number of Research Grants have been awarded in the last few years and we continue to support a number of different projects:

  • Financial assistance to postgraduates working in the urban field including full PhD scholarships;
  • The full salary maintenance of post-doctoral posts to enable young urban researchers to establish a foothold on the academic ladder;
  • The salary maintenance of Senior Research Fellow positions to provide research leadership and international excellence in Urban Studies research;
  • The International Fellowship to provide an opportunity for an early research scholar from the global south to have a sabbatical period at a university in the global north.


We are delighted to announce the next round of the programme.

Applications are invited for an International Fellowship for urban scholars on any theme pertinent to a better understanding of urban realities in the global south funded by the Urban Studies Foundation. The Fellowship covers the costs of a sabbatical period at a university of the candidate’s choice in the global north for the purpose of writing up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles 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.

Eligibility: Applicants must be early career urban scholars with a PhD obtained within the preceding 5 years 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.

Requirements: The candidate must make suitable arrangements to be mentored by a senior urban scholar at his/her chosen research institution. Further particulars and the application form are available to download here:

TermsThe 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. There is also a small budget available for the mentor to assist the Fellow to meet their intended research aims should this be appropriate.

Submission: Completed applications must be submitted electronically to Ruth Harkin at, no later than 29 April 2016. The application must be submitted on the official form and should include:

  • an outline of the planned research, demonstrating its originality, rigour and value to the field of urban studies [1200 words max.]
  • a statement of the intended research outputs (e.g. articles [specify target journals], a monograph, etc.) [300 words max.]
  • designation of the northern institution where the fellowship will be pursued and reasons for its selection [300 words max.]
  • the name of the urban scholar at that institution willing to act as mentor to the fellow during the fellowship and a statement of how his/her expertise will support and facilitate the proposed research
  • draft budget listing main cost items
  • a 3-page CV listing academic achievements and publications
  • a 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
  • a short CV from the mentor which includes any previous mentoring experience.
  • the names and contact details of two academic referees. 


We are pleased to announce the next round of funding for our Seminar Series Competition.

The competition aims at supporting the generation of international research in all areas of urban analysis.  In the 2016 competition, we intend to support up to three seminar series, in each case up to a maximum of £20,000.  Applications to the Competition will be received in two stages.

The first stage involves submission of a short Initial Application Form which requires details of the person leading the proposal, an overview of the potential contribution of the seminar series, the nature of the proposed event, and a draft budget.  The second stage involves only those proposals that best meet the criteria of the Seminar Series, and each applicant will be invited to submit an extended version of the proposal on a Full Application Form.

All proposals should be clearly international in breadth, and should relate to the scope of the journal Urban Studies.  It should also fit within the journal’s relevant topics for submission of papers.  The following statement indicates the extent of the journal’s academic interests.

Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary journal for critical urban research and issues. Since it was first published in 1964 to provide an international forum for research into the fields of urban and regional analysis, the journal has expanded to encompass the increasing range of disciplines and approaches that have been brought to bear on urban and regional issues. Regular contributions are drawn from the fields of economics, planning, political science, statistics, geography, sociology, population studies and public administration. Articles range from such subjects as urban housing, employment, race, politics and crime, to issues of regional development and transport.

We welcome proposals from academics working in any country, and we expect the proposal to be of international interest in terms of its coverage and scope.

The closing date for initial applications is Friday 15 April 2016.  Completed forms should be emailed to Ruth Harkin (at  The application form and a list of previous winners of the competition are available to download here:


We are delighted to announce the successful applicants for our 2015 postdoctoral research fellowships:

  • Martín Arboleda – Harvard University, USA
  • Sanjeev Routray – Northeastern University, USA
  • Cristina Temenos – Manchester University, UK
  • Richard Waldron – University College Dublin, Ireland

Early career Postdoctoral Research Fellowship are awarded to allow candidates to undertake up to 3 years dedicated Urban Studies research, following a programme of research designed and executed by the Fellow at any eligible institution of higher education across the globe.  The programmes would be expected to involve original empirical inquiry, methodological rigour and conceptual innovation, set within a detailed knowledge of relevant existing research and scholarship.  The expectation is that a Fellow will publish outputs from this research in the international Urban Studies (and cognate) literature, as well as seeking additional research grant funding, and taking seriously possibilities for achieving ‘impact’ beyond the academy.

Eligibility:  Applicants must have obtained a PhD within the preceding 5 years; they must normally be prepared to move from their present place of academic employment/activity to another one elsewhere; and they must be demonstrably involved in Urban Studies research, with a credible programme of future Urban Studies research and scholarship.

Requirements:  Applicants must have developed 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.

Terms:  The Urban Studies Foundation will undertake to pay an annual award to the host institution of successful applicants, which should meet both the salary agreed between the applicant and the host institution and additional research expenses.