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Applications are invited to the USF International Fellowship scheme for urban scholars from the Global South. The Fellowship covers the costs of a sabbatical period at a university of the candidate’s choice in the Global North or South for the purpose of writing-up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles and/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.


The candidate must make suitable arrangements to be mentored by a suitably experienced senior urban scholar at the candidate’s chosen research institution. Further Particulars are available to download here.

The 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 (including any enrolment fees and other resource 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 amount of limited extra-ordinary care costs, for example to support any additional care for dependent person(s) incurred during the sabbatical. Fellowships should begin no later than 1 year after the application deadline (i.e. by 30th April 2021). Applicants are expected to be notified of an outcome normally within four weeks of the application deadline.


The International Fellowship is intended primarily for the purpose of writing-up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles and/or a book under the guidance of a chosen mentor in their field of study. Research centring on issues related to governance, planning and social equity, policy, critical theory, uneven development, and urban sustainability is particularly welcome, but proposals embracing other urban topics and issues are encouraged.
Additionally, it is intended that such outputs should expand theoretical and empirical understanding of the major social, economic, political and other problems associated with the rapid processes of urban growth in the Global South. The programme is therefore designed to give scope to the exchange of ideas between urban scholars working in the Global North and South. To this end, particular importance is attached to the identification and willingness of an established urban scholar working within a northern or southern institution to act as a mentor of the fellow. As part of this, the purpose of the International Fellowship also aims at:

  • Fostering collaboration between an emerging researcher from the Global South and a suitable and experienced urban researcher.
  • Developing and publishing high-quality research on a topic that makes a significant contribution to the study of urbanization in the Global South. It is anticipated that the work undertaken might be of a largely theoretical nature or focused on the analysis and conceptual development of empirically-based research for which the data has already been collected. Therefore, the Fellowship is not designed for the support of primary data collection.
  • Strengthening the international profile and career path of the Fellow.

Applicants must be early-to-mid career urban scholars with a PhD obtained 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 (2018-2020).

All awards are fully funded by the Urban Studies Foundation, a Scottish charity founded in 2008 to provide grant funding for innovative research projects that advance the frontiers of urban knowledge. Please follow @USForg on Twitter.
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Applications due by: 30th April 2020. The application must include:

Applicant information including: contact details, recent education, recent academic roles, and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Both referees should be prepared to submit blind letters of recommendation to the Urban Studies Foundation upon request.
Fellowship proposal information including dates, mentorship and host institution arrangements.
A draft budget with main cost items.
A proposal that includes: an outline of the planned research (1200 words maximum), intended outputs (300 words maximum), designation of the host institution (300 words maximum), and a statement of how the candidate’s chosen mentor will support and facilitate the proposed research (300 words maximum).
Proof of applicant’s nationality and therefore eligibility for the award.
Applicant CV listing academic achievements and publications (3 pages maximum).
Short CV from the mentor which includes any previous mentoring experience (3 pages maximum).
Supporting 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 (2 pages maximum).

All candidates should consult the Urban Studies Foundation website and Further Particulars documentation before applying to the scheme.

Candidates wishing to discuss their application informally, or with questions regarding the online application process, should contact the USF Director of Operations, Joe Shaw:

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