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A new call for one Fellowship Grant is now open. In this call one fellowship will be awarded to fund a stay at the University of Amsterdam for three months, in the form of a €1.600 net monthly allowance to cover living expenses.

Aims and criteria

Fellowships are provided to support recently graduated master students who are aspiring to a PhD position, or PhD students who are aspiring to a Post Doc position, both from within and outside of the UvA. The grants will support a three month stay at the University of Amsterdam specifically aimed at writing a research proposal to secure funding for a PhD or Post Doc position at the University of Amsterdam. The broader goal is to stimulate original research and interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of Urban Studies. An additional and important (but not exclusive) aim is the contribution to the development of the thematic focus of the Centre on the ‘urban commons’ (for more information on the thematic focus, and on the broader mission of CUS, see the 2018-2022 strategic plan).

Who can apply

The application should be made jointly by (1) an aspiring PhD or Post Doc and (2) two intended supervisors from the Centre for Urban Studies, the latter not belonging to the same research group. Proposals individually submitted by an aspiring PhD or Post Doc will not be considered. Aspiring PhDs or Post Docs are therefore advised to contact and obtain support from two potential supervisors at the Centre for Urban Studies. The fellowship cannot be combined with an existing appointment at the University of Amsterdam, and the three-month stay should take place in calendar year 2021.

How to apply

To be considered in this grant round, please send (1) a CV of the intended beneficiary and (2) a description of 800 words to by 12 June 2020. The description should clearly explain:

  • The general theme of the envisaged research proposal, including whether it is for a PhD or a Post Doc, and potential funding schemes;
  • How the PhD or Post Doc project, if funded, would add value, not only to the researcher, but also to the Centre for Urban Studies and its mission (i.e. the promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration) and – if applicable – to the thematic focus on the ‘urban commons’;
  • How the aspiring PhD or Post Doc will collaborate during the three-month stay with the intended supervisors, and possibly engage with other members of the Centre for Urban Studies.

Selection process

If applications only marginally outnumber the available funding (when there are three or less applications and/or when there is a significant difference in quality), the grants will be awarded by the director and coordinator of the Centre for Urban Studies, based on the CVs of the applicants and the above criteria. If applications significantly outnumber funding possibilities (when there are more than three applications and/or when there are no significant differences in quality), the director and coordinator will prepare a report supporting a potential decision and submit it to the Executive and Advisory boards of the Centre for Urban Studies. In case that consensus can't be reached, a vote will be called.

This grant is launched during the Covid-19 crisis. Dutch universities are currently closed and globally travel restrictions apply. We sincerely hope that in 2021, the CUS will be able to welcome a fellow. We will keep the applicants updated.