IJURR Foundation promotes urban and regional research. Within this broad field it is particularly keen to encourage an understanding of the interconnection between social, economic and political processes and of the broader causes and effects of these processes. 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 this is 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.

Studentship Information:

  • The value of this studentship is currently up to a maximum of £12,000. Grants awarded may vary and applications are considered on a case by case basis. In 2023 typical awards were valued at £7500.
  • Studentships are for 1 year only (non renewable).
  • The studentship can be spent on fees but is not intended to cover the full costs of being a student, and applicants will therefore need to apply for other sources of funding.
  • IJURR Foundation studentships may be held in any department where the Trustees are satisfied with supervisory arrangements for research on urban and regional subjects. In general, these will be departments with a tradition of supervision in these areas, but if you wish to study in a department where this is not the case, you will need to supply evidence regarding the appropriateness of the department.
  • All studentships are conditional on acceptance and evidence of continuing registration by the University department. If an offer of a place has been received by the time of application for the one-year studentship this should be included. Successful candidates will be asked to provide a copy of a letter of acceptance from their chosen institution before the award of a studentship can be confirmed and any monies dispensed.


  • Post graduate (Doctorate) research students working within the field of urban and regional studies.
  • Nationality of a low-income or middle-income country as classified by the World Bank. Middle-income includes both lower and higher-middle income categories. (For full details, please see here)
  • Preference will be given to students who completed their first degree/s (BA/BSc, MA/MSc) in their home country or another low or middle-income country.

Application requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • 2 academic references
  • Acceptance letter or proof of continued registration onto a PhD course in the field of urban and regional studies

The IJURR Studentship award scheme is paused for 2024. Applications will reopen in December 2024 for 2025 awards. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances and no correspondence will be entered into.

For details of past awardees see here.

If you have any queries, please contact: IJURR Foundation Studentship Enquiry