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In this call grants will be awarded of between €2.500 and €5.000 per grant, up to a total call budget of €20.000. With a well-developed argument grants higher than €5.000 can be also considered.


Aims and criteria

These Seed Grants are provided 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 particular, we aim to enable exchange and collaborations between researchers from the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity (ACHI), the Amsterdam Centre for Urban History (ACUH), the ASCA Cities Project and the Centre for Urban Studies (CUS). We especially appreciate proposals building on the ideas developed during the joint network day of January 24th , but are open to any other ideas for collaboration and exchange that might have arisen since.


Examples of projects to be considered for funding are:

  • Joint workshops between different programme groups or disciplines;
  • Activities reinforcing international collaborations such as seminars or conferences;
  • Small scale pilot studies, student assistance, data acquisition, or other activities to support the development of a new joint research line, possibly leading to a research grant application;
  • Writing retreats (to collectively write a paper, a research proposal, or something else);
  • Outreach projects with the City of Amsterdam or other stakeholders (e.g. public debates, panel discussions);
  • Funding (e.g.) a video, exhibition or performance to communicate an urban research project to the wider public.

These are all examples of activities that have been organized before. On the CUS website you can find inspiring examples of activities funded by seed grants, both smaller and larger. We highly encourage creativity and are therefore very much open to activities and ideas other than those mentioned above. Besides financial support, ACHI and CUS will help with the practical organization and communication of the awarded initiatives.

Eligible for Seed Grants are all ACHI and CUS members, as well as groups of applicants including at least one ACHI and CUS member. An important condition is that the proposal is jointly submitted by at least one member of CUS and one member of ACHI. Humanities scholars that are not yet a member of ACHI through participation in this call automatically join as members. For further information, please contact

How to apply

To be considered for this call, please send a project description of max. 600 words to by the 25th of March 2019 17.00. The description should clearly explain:

  • The immediate and longer-term goal(s) of the project;
  • How the project adds value to ACHI and CUS, especially in terms of their collaborative potential;
  • The project's timeline, including the expected completion date;
  • How the project's results or outcomes will be shared with the Urban Studies community in both centers (and possibly beyond);
  • A detailed project budget.