Seminar Series Awards

The deadline for applications to this award has now closed. Any new rounds of Seminar Series funding will be announced in mid-2022. Please check back soon, join our mailing list (see bottom of page), or follow us on Twitter @USForg for announcements.

The USF Seminar Series Awards aim to support the generation of internationally excellent research in all areas of urban studies. In the 2020 round of this funding scheme, the USF seeks to support up to eleven seminar series awards, in each case up to a maximum of £20,000 per award (or £24,000 for proposals containing eligible training elements, see terms below). Applications must be received by 22nd December 2020.

As well as providing extra funds towards training elements for early-career researchers, this year the USF particularly welcomes applications that contain novel and engaging responses to the practical and scholarly challenges posed by COVID-19. Whilst the emphasis must still be on the generation of high-quality urban studies research, the publications and other outputs that this funding seeks to encourage may be wide-ranging in format and focus.

To apply for this funding, please consult the Further Particulars document below.

All proposals should be capable of generating scholarly debate and dialogue that is compelling, significant, and contribute to publications and other outputs of world class standard. The USF welcomes applications from academics, researchers, and educators working in any country, and expects the proposal to be of international interest in terms of its coverage and scope. Proposals that include non-academic actors in the programme or associated events are also welcome.

The USF will make up to £4,000 additional funding available to seminar series proposals that incorporate a training element for early career researchers (defined as doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and research/teaching associates or lecturers within five years of their PhD). Applicants that wish to be considered for this additional funding should indicate what specific training need(s) they will address, the activities they will incorporate to meet the need(s), and how the funds will be used (see below for terms). The USF encourages proposals for novel and engaging training activities.

Provided a suitable and high-quality application is forthcoming, the USF will also reserve one award for a Seminar Series proposal that seeks to honour and engage with the academic work of Professor Ronan Paddison (1945-2019). This additional award will be made in recognition of the contribution that Ronan made to urban studies during his long career in the field. Applicants who wish to apply for the USF Ronan Paddison Seminar Series Award should indicate as such on their application form. Interested parties should consult the award Further Particulars below for further details.

Information about current and previous Seminar Series Awards can be found on the ‘About > People‘ section of this website.

Applications to the funding must include:

  • A completed online application form with applicant and proposal information, made via the link below.
  • Applicant CV(s), maximum two pages each.
  • Letter(s) of support from each host institution.
  • Budget evidence documentation.
  • Any additional supporting documents (if necessary).

All applicants should first consult the Further Particulars documentation for this award before applying. The Further Particulars document contains all terms of eligibility for the award, as well as detailed guidance on completing the application form.

Please note, all applicants will be invited to voluntarily complete an anonymous Equality & Diversity Monitoring Survey after they have submitted their application. The form will be automatically requested from all applicants after the deadline has passed. This form and any information volunteered with it is not used in the assessment process and will be separated from individual applications. It is only used for monitoring who applies to USF awards on aggregate, so that the USF may regularly assess and improve how it advertises and administers its grant funding.

Any questions or clarifications regarding this award should be addressed to USF Director of Operations, Joe Shaw:

Seminar Series Further Particulars

Seminar Series Application Form 2020