Applications open: Fellowships for early to mid-career urban scholars from the Global South

Deadline: 28 April 2017 - 12:00am


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 either the global north or the global south (facilitating south-south exchange) 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.


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. Preference may be given to candidates from least or low-income countries but middle-income developing countries are not excluded if the need for support is justified. See: OECD List of ODA Recipients 2014


The candidate must make suitable arrangements to be mentored by a suitably experienced senior urban scholar at his/her chosen research institution.


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


  • Completed applications must be submitted electronically to USF Director of Operations, Neil Gray (, no later than 28 April 2017. The application must 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 or southern 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, preferably including any previous mentoring experience if applicable.
    the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Further particulars and the application form are available below:

USF International Fellowship_Further Particulars 2017

USF International Fellowship_Application Form 2017

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