FURS Research Grants within the field of urban and regional studies

FURS is concerned to promote urban and regional research. Within this broad field it is particularly keen to encourage an understanding of the interconnections between social, economic and political processes and of the broader causes and effects of these processes. This means, for example, that research which examines policies critically and focuses on their unintended as well as intended consequences is more likely to be supported than research on managerially defined questions. Conversely, research which takes a ‘technical’ approach to urban and regional questions and does not place them within wider contexts of understanding is unlikely to be given priority. Although these concerns are likely to lead to social scientists such as sociologists, political scientists, geographers, economists and town planners predominating among applicants, others such as lawyers, cultural theorists, anthropologists and historians should not be discouraged from applying.

Applications are invited for a number of research grants. These may be held in any University. The Trustees are anxious to encourage newly graduated researchers or junior colleagues of established researchers who have difficulty in getting funds to support research. Applicants MUST BE within five years of the date of being awarded their doctorate or starting their first academic position. Allowance will be made for periods of leave, for example, for maternity or service in the armed forces.

Applications must be received by 31 January. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances and no correspondence will be entered into. Applications cannot be individually acknowledged due to the volume received but successful applicants will be informed by the end of April.

Eligibility: Funding is only offered to those students who are working within the field of urban and regional studies. ONLY applicants whose nationality falls into the countries listed in Groups B and C of the World Bank classification are eligible to apply. For full details, please see here.

The normal value of FURS research grants is up to £2,000. A limited number of higher value research grants (no more than £5000) may be awarded where this is justified by the nature of the work to be carried out and the strength of the application.

You will be expected to supply on the application form:

1. A brief account of your training and qualifications.
2. An outline of your proposed research. This should explain the significance of the topic, and refer to the research questions to be investigated, relevant theoretical debates or hypotheses, and the methods of research to be used (including any problems of data access.)
3. A precise account of how the grant is to be spent and over what period. Please indicate whether alternative sources of funds are available and note that IT equipment (including laptops and cameras) and daily living costs are not eligible for reimbursement. Receipts must be provided for all international travel costs.
4. A reference from a senior scholar who is familiar with your work and who can confirm that you are able to carry out the work proposed. The Trustees would expect an academic tutor, Head of Department or research team, or the equivalent to write such a letter.
5. The name of a person who can be contacted to report on the progress of your research.

A final report is a requirement of an award. This must be submitted by the February of the following year in which you received your grant, when the final 10% of the grant will be awarded.

If you have any queries, please contact:

Sarah Daisy c/o Linda McDowell
Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies Limited
School of Geography and the Environment
Oxford University Centre for the Environment
Dyson Perrins Building
South Parks Rd
Oxford OX1 3QY

E-mail: FURS Research Grants