USF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships — Supported by the Urban Studies Foundation (USF)

Applications are invited for up to five early-career Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. These awards are intended to enable the Fellows to design and undertake a programme of up to three years dedicated Urban Studies research at any eligible institution of higher education across the globe. This programme should 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 taking seriously possibilities for achieving impact beyond the academy.


Applicants must have obtained a PhD within the preceding five years and they must be demonstrably involved in Urban Studies research, with a credible programme of future Urban Studies research and scholarship.


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.


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.


21st October 2019

Further particulars and application forms are available to download at the Urban Studies Foundation website at:

All five awards are fully funded by the Urban Studies Foundation (USF), a Scottish charity founded in 2008 to provide grant funding for innovative research projects that advance the frontiers of urban knowledge. Please see more information at the USF website: