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 2024 USF’s International Fellowships for urban scholars from the Global South.

Application Deadline:  5th July 2024 at 23:59 UTC+0.

Applications are now open for the 2024 USF’s International Fellowships for urban scholars from the Global South. Each award will cover the cost of a visiting sabbatical period at a host university of the candidate’s choice, for the purpose of writing-up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles and/or a book. The proposed work should be completed under the guidance of a chosen mentor in the candidate’s field of study. Funding is available for a period ranging between 3-9 months, and eligible research may cover any theme pertinent to a better understanding of urban realities in the Global South.


Applicants must be early-to-mid career urban scholars holding a PhD awarded 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 (2024-2025).


The candidate must make suitable arrangements to be mentored by a senior urban scholar at their chosen host organisation. Eligible host organisations may be anywhere worldwide, and Fellowships based in Global South regions are equally encouraged.


  • The financial support of the Fellowship is intended to meet accommodation and subsistence needs while staying at the host university, return travel, and assistance towards some 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. Short-listed candidates may also apply for a small supplemental grant if they have extra-ordinary costs arising due to caring responsibilities or disability.
  • Fellowships should begin no earlier than September 2024, and no later than one year after the application deadline.

How to apply

Candidates must complete the online application form below no later than the advertised deadline.

A link to the online application form can be found below, along with an application template (.docx) that may be used for offline preparation beforehand (recommended).

The application must include:

  • Applicant information: contact details, recent education, recent academic roles, a short career statement, proof of nationality, and the names and contact details of two academic referees.
  • Proposed fellowship information: dates, mentorship, and host organisation arrangements.
  • Budget: all cost items and suitable evidence for any items above GBP 500.
  • Research proposal: outline of the planned research, intended outputs, the reasons for the choice of the host organisation, and a statement of how the candidate’s chosen mentor will support and facilitate the proposed research.
  • Applicant CV listing academic achievements and publications (3 pages maximum).
  • Short CV from the mentor which includes any previous mentoring experience (3 pages maximum).
  • Mentor’s supporting letter stating their willingness to act as a Mentor to the Fellow, and detailing the suitability of the host organisation for the proposed Fellowship in reference to the Host Organisation and Mentorship Guidelines (2 pages maximum).

Further questions regarding the International Fellowship award and application process should be addressed to the Urban Studies Foundation via email:

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