Call for a USF Postdoctoral Fellow (based in the University of Glasgow)

Funding News 22nd August 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2018 (at the University of Glasgow)

Closing date: 15 October 2017.

(*Please note this call is distinct from a related call for up to four USF International Postdoctoral Fellowships to be undertaken external to the University of Glasgow.)

Applications are invited for an early career Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to undertake up to 3 years dedicated Urban Studies research, following a programme of research designed and executed by the Fellow at any appropriate research-based ‘unit’ within the University of Glasgow (UoG), Scotland, UK.

Here ‘unit’ can mean any research group and/or School at UoG that undertakes urban studies research: obvious examples include the Human Geography Research Group in the School of Geographical & Earth Studies, the Urban Studies subject area in the School of Social & Political Studies, and the Adam Smith Business School. The Foundation would certainly consider applications arising from other UoG units. Relevant units should consult the Scheme Guidance.

The Fellow’s programme would be expected to 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 seeking additional research grant funding, and taking seriously possibilities for achieving ‘impact’ beyond the academy.

Eligibility: Applicants must have obtained a PhD within the preceding 5 years; they must be demonstrably involved in Urban Studies research, with a credible programme of future Urban Studies research and scholarship.
Requirements: Applicants must have developed their application in close association with a mentor from the potential ‘host’ unit, and the application form requires input from the applicant, the mentor and the unit.
Terms: 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.

Submission: Completed applications must be submitted electronically to Ruth Harkin at, (cc-ed to no later than 15 October 2017. The application must include:

• Completed application form: a WORD version of this application form will be available on the USF website, containing a number of fields to be completed by the applicant, by the mentor and by the proposed host unit.
• Outline of proposed programme of Urban Studies research to be undertaken by the Fellow: the last part of the application form is given over to up to 5 pages for the applicant to elaborate on their contribution/commitment to Urban Studies, and to provide details of their proposed research
• 3-page CV listing academic achievements and publications
• Copy of PhD award letter or some equivalent document that can confirm the veracity and date of the applicant’s PhD award
• Two academic references: it will be the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their two referees (at least one of whom should have acted as their PhD supervisor) send their references directly to the above e-mail addresses by the specified deadline of 15 October 2017.

The call, further particulars and application form are available here on our website Funding page. Interviews are due to take place on Thursday 30 November 2017.