The Centre for Urban Studies has three permanent funding schemes to support and facilitate research initiatives of CUS’ research staff: Seed Grants, Seed Grants XL and the PhD Travel Grant. These 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.
Besides the three regular funding schemes the CUS irregularly awards other grants such as the Visiting Scholar Award. The aim of this award is to institute a visiting scholar program, going beyond the existing formats supporting short visits.
In 2019 we launched, together with the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity (ACHI), a Joint Seed Grant that aims to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue between urban scholars in the humanities and in the social sciences, and to stimulate original research in the field of Urban Studies.
In 2019, for the first time, we launched multiple Fellowship Grants and Teaching Buyout Grants. Fellowship grants are awarded to fund a stay at the University of Amsterdam. These grants are provided to support recently graduated master students who are aspiring a PhD position, or PhD students who are aspiring a Post Doc position, both from within and outside of the UvA. The Teaching Buyout grants are provided to assist permanent staff in writing a major research grant application or in the development of a project that benefits the researcher as well as the Centre for Urban Studies and its mission.
In 2016, a series of grants was awarded to various international collaborations between CUS members and staff at the University of Sheffield.
Currently, the following calls are open for applications:
Seed Grants are small grants that aim to facilitate new research initiatives and projects that would not be able to develop without a these grants. These projects have the prospect to grow into something bigger and more durable. Past Seed Grants have formed the seed for succesful grant applications, long-term research projects, ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations, and monographs, edited volumes and special issues. The maximum budget per Seed Grant is €2500.
We especially appreciate initiatives that bring together academic research and work on Urban Studies from different disciplines and programme groups within the CUS, enable exchange and collaborations between researchers from the Centre and researchers from abroad, and facilitate a dialogue between academic researchers and stakeholders in the city of Amsterdam and other places. Proposals involving PhD students, (research) master students or aiming at developing new research proposals are particularly welcomed.
Seed Grants XL serve to support and facilitate bigger and innovative research initiatives of CUS’ research staff, both permanent and temporary which cannot be realised within the budget of a regular Seed Grant. A maximum of up to €10.000 per Seed Grant XL is awarded.
CUS Travel Grants enable junior members to broaden their horizon and visit partner universities and/or centers relevant to their research. The grant is awarded to PhD candidates who are in the post-field work phase of their research project.
The Travel Grants contribute to the Centre’s mission to facilitate exchange and collaborations between researchers from CUS and researchers from abroad, and enable an ongoing international dialogue and exploration of potential collaborations. We especially appreciate applications that bridge between different disciplines and/or between academic research and societal practices. The grants are provided to assist CUS’ PhD candidates in their dissertation work, so they can gain valuable international experience and set up promising collaborations with (potential) partners abroad.