International Fellowships

The deadline for applications to this award has now passed. Any future funding will be announced in early 2021.


Please note that the deadline for applications to this award has provisionally been extended until 30th June 2020. This extension is to allow all candidates, prospective mentors and university research staff additional time to prepare applications. The Urban Studies Foundation hopes this extension will afford everyone the immediate time and space to prioritise and attend to the health and safety of themselves, as well as their colleagues, family, and friends.

Additionally, please note that any 2020 International Fellowship awardee whose fellowship start date is subsequently impacted by the coronavirus outbreak may be allowed to defer their award on a case-by-case basis. This situation will be reviewed post-deadline with all successful applicants. However, given the present situation we request that candidates, mentors and host institutions carefully consider start dates in terms of what is most feasible.

Call for Applications

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, and the proposed research may comprise any theme pertinent to a better understanding of urban realities in the Global South.


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).


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 (Document updated March 25th).


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. Shortlisted candidates may also apply for a small amount of limited extra-ordinary care costs, for example to support any additional care costs for dependent person(s) incurred during the sabbatical. Fellowships may begin from summer 2020*, but must start no later than one year after the application deadline (i.e. before 30th June 2021). Applicants are expected to be notified of an outcome normally within four weeks of the application deadline (i.e. by end of July 2020).

* The Urban Studies Foundation suggests that candidates, mentors and host institutions carefully consider the feasibility of their proposed start dates due to the current coronavirus outbreak (see notice at the top of this page).


Candidates must complete the online application form no later than 30th June 2020 (by 23:59 GMT, UK time).

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 (in GBP, British Pound sterling).
    • A proposal (in English language) 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 Further Particulars document below (Document updated March 25th) before applying to the scheme.

Further Particulars (.pdf)

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In addition, all applicants will be requested to voluntarily complete an anonymous Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form after the application deadline. This form will be sent automatically to applicants via email. The form and any information volunteered with it is not used in the assessment process, and is entirely separate from individual applications. It is used only 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.

Decisions will normally be made within one month of the closing deadline for this award, and all applicants will be contacted regarding their application outcome. The USF regrets that it cannot offer any feedback on applications, and all decisions are final. Further information on the standard administration of all USF awards can be found here.

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