CUS Seed Grant

In 2018, the Centre for Urban Studies launches two rounds of seed-grant calls to support and facilitate research initiatives of CUS’ research staff, both permanent and temporary (PhDs, Post Docs).


Seed grants are provided to assist our members in their work, to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue, and to stimulate original research in the field of Urban Studies. The seed-grants aim to bring different people together to discuss ongoing research (e.g. PhD), or to create a platform to develop and/or get additional feedback on research proposals. We especially appreciate initiatives that bring together academic research and work on Urban Studies from different disciplines and programme groups within CUS, enable exchange and collaborations between researchers from CUS and researchers from abroad, and facilitate a dialogue between academic researchers and stakeholders in the city of Amsterdam and other places.


An additional (but not exclusive) selection criterion with respect to earlier calls is contribution to the development of the new thematic focus of the Centre on the ‘urban commons’. For more information on the thematic focus, see the paragraph ‘Mission and research questions’ in the 2018-2022 strategic plan and the e-mail by the director on 15 February. Proposals involving PhD students or aiming at developing new research proposals are particularly welcomed.


Examples of projects to be considered for funding are:

  • Joint workshops between different programme groups or disciplines;
  • Activities reinforcing international collaborations;
  • Small scale pilot studies leading to research grant applications;
  • Different podia to discuss joint research proposals;
  • Outreach projects with the City of Amsterdam or other stakeholders (e.g., public debates, panel discussions).

Click here for more inspiring examples of activities funded by previous seed grants.

Besides financial support, the Centre for Urban Studies will help with the practical organization and communication of the awarded initiatives.

Deadline and submission 

To be considered for the first round, please send a project description of max. 600 words to by the 29th of March 2018. The description should clearly explain:

  • The goal(s) of the project 
  • How the project adds value to the Centre for Urban Studies, (especially in terms of inter- and/or transdisciplinarity and thematic focus)
  • The project's timeline, including the expected completion date
  • How the project's results or outcomes will be shared with the Urban Studies community (and possibly beyond)
  • A detailed project budget

This is the first call for Seed-Grant initiatives this year (2018). Another call will open later this year, likely at the end of October.

Published by  CUS

1 March 2018