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Funding & Grants

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.

Now Open for Application

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  • CUS Seed Grants (4x) and Seed Grants XL (3x) | Open Call | 12 November 2020

    The Centre for Urban Studies launches a new round of Seed Grants. In this round, four Seed Grants with a maximum of up to €2,500 per grant, and three Seed Grants XL with a maximum of up to €10,000 per grant will be awarded.

    Aims and criteria
    The grants are provided to help to realise academic dreams through assisting our members in their work, in fostering an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary dialogue, and in stimulating original research in the field of Urban Studies. We especially appreciate initiatives that:

    • aim to develop new research funding proposals;
    • bring together academic research and work on Urban Studies from different departments and disciplines; not only from different programme groups within the same department;  
    • foster exchange and collaborations between researchers from CUS and researchers from outside the faculty of social and behavioural sciences; 
    • foster exchange and collaborations between researchers from CUS and international partners;
    • facilitate dialogue between academic researchers and local, national and international stakeholders;
    • involve PhD students or (research) master students;
    • contribute 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).

    The Seed Grant XL (€10,000) aims to support and facilitate bigger and more innovative research initiatives (the ‘academic dreams’) of CUS’ research staff, which cannot be realised within the budget of a regular Seed Grant (€2,500). It can be initiated by both permanent and temporary staff (PhDs, Post Docs, contracted staff).

    Examples 
    Examples of projects to be considered for funding are:

    • assistance for coordinating research bids for large international collaborative projects (JPI urban Europe, Horizon, etc.). Please note: the CUS will also assist coordination of large projects; not participation as partners on projects coordinated by other universities;
    • joint conferences, workshops or seminar series between different disciplines;
    • activities reinforcing international collaborations such as seminars or conferences; 
    • outreach projects with stakeholders that go beyond just a one-off event with the City of Amsterdam, and with national or international formats; e.g. series of public debates, continuous panel discussions, interventions in public space;
    • funding an urban artist or journalist in residence, who will contribute specifically to disseminating academic work within the CUS;
    • funding a video, animation, exhibition, podcast, or performance to communicate an urban research publication to the wider public (published international peer reviewed journal articles and book monographs will be given priority);
    • writing retreats (to collectively write a research proposal, but also a paper);
    • larger pilot studies, funds for data acquisition for an existing project, or other activities to support the development of a new research line, preferably leading to a research grant application.

    These are examples, but we highly encourage creativity and are therefore open to new activities and ideas other than mentioned above. 

    Eligible for Seed Grants and Seed Grants XL are all CUS members, as well as groups of applicants including at least one CUS member. Besides financial support, the Centre for Urban Studies will assist in  the communication of the projects that are awarded a grant. The practical organization of the activities remains the responsibility of the grant holders.

    Procedure
    To be eligible, the proposal should not exceed 750 words. It should also include all of the following sections, in this order:

    1. an outline of the immediate and longer-term goal(s) of the project;
    2. an explanation of how the project adds value to the Centre for Urban Studies;
    3. an explanation of how the project advances inter- and/or transdisciplinarity;
    4. an explanation of how – if applicable – the project contributes to the thematic focus on the ‘urban commons’;
    5. a timeline, including the expected completion date and milestones;
    6. a detailed project budget;
    7. (pandemic period related only for 2021) how the project can be realised without any offline group activities (due to COVID-19);
    8. the expected academic outputs; 
    9. a broader dissemination strategy. How results/outcomes will be presented to the Urban Studies community and how you will reach a broader national and international audience;
    10. a follow up / continuation strategy: how do you envision follow up in terms of research funding bids? Through what schemes? And who will collaborate?

    Seed Grant XL proposals can reach 1000 words, and should also include an additional section on: 

    1. why this project should be awarded €10,000 instead of €2,500 (what this larger grant makes possible that cannot be done with a smaller one).

    To be considered for this round of Seed Grants and Seed Grants XL, please send a project description of max. 750 words to: urbanstudies@uva.nl by Friday December 11th at the latest.  Applications arriving after this date will not be considered.

    Selection process
    If applications only marginally outnumber the available funding (when there are seven 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 criteria stated above. If applications significantly outnumber funding possibilities (when there are more than seven 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 consensus cannot be reached, a vote will be called.

    Further information

    Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

    Would you like to learn more about the members and work of the Centre for Urban Studies? Visit our website.

    We very much look forward to receiving your project proposals.

Types of Grants 

  • Seed Grants

    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.

    Calls for Seed Grants open multiple times a year and are published in the CUS Newsletter and News section.

     

  • Seed Grants XL

    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.

    Seed Grants XL are awarded once a year. The first upcoming call will open in 2019 and will be published in the CUS Newsletter and News section.

  • PhD Travel Grants

    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.

    PhD Travel Grants are awarded yearly. The first upcoming call will open in 2019 and will be published in the CUS Newsletter and News section.

  • Joint Seed Grants

    The Joint 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 believe that collaborations between these two domains can be advantageous in an academic funding landscape that is not only becoming increasingly competitive, but in which the social sciences and humanities are more and more conjoined in grant calls and funding schemes. Moreover, we find that research projects intrinsically strengthen from a combination of the societal imperative that social sciences researchers regard highly and the cultural interest and long-term perspective premised by humanities researchers.

  • Teaching Buyout Grants

    Teaching buyout grants are provided for the equivalent of 0,1 FTE for one year (or a total of 162,5 hours), 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 (i.e. the promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration). An additional and important (but not exclusive) selection criterion 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).

  • Fellowship Grants

    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).

  • Visiting Scholar Grant

    The Centre for Urban Studies awards a 10.000 euro Visiting Scholar Grant that aims at stimulating new, innovative and collaborative research and initiatives. Hereby, this program goes beyond the existing formats supporting short international visits for participation in public lectures, PhD-workshops, and/or research seminars (which will all still remain possible with this grant). The primary aim of the visit should be engaging with CUS researchers and students, not carrying out own research, or own writing (it is not a mini-sabbatical).