The USF is excited to announce that a record number of International Fellowship awards have been made in 2021, reflecting a significantly increased commitment of funding to the scheme from this year onwards. A total of eleven awards have been made to researchers from Global South countries, in order to support them with the development and publication of their research. Targeted towards early-to-mid career scholars, the funding will support three-to-nine month visiting sabbaticals at host institutions anywhere in the world, where the Fellow has the local support of a suitably qualified mentor in order to develop their work.
This year awards have been made to scholars from countries including Brazil, Colombia, India, Nigeria, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Turkey. The Fellowships will entail visits to universities in France, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States, where each Fellow will also benefit from the local research community at their host institution.
The research proposals which have been supported this year remain intriguingly diverse and multidisciplinary. These varied programmes of work cover a range of areas including urban precarity and class, gender and belonging, community and social movements, governance and policy, innovation and technology, informal economies, as well as real estate and finance. Several very welcome proposals are also related in different ways to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on the 2021 USF International Fellows, please see their profiles on the USF website as follows: Drs Asha Abeyasekera, Eda Beyazit Ince, Claudia Gastrow, Priscila Izar, Basirat Oyalowo, Augusto Pereira, Sandra Pulido Chaparro, Felipe Rangel Martins, Preeti Sampat, Daniel Sanfelici, and Suraya Scheba.