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.

Writing up grant details:

  • The value of this award is up to a maximum of £6,000. Grants awarded may vary and applications are considered on a case by case basis. In 2023 typical awards were valued at £4000.
  • The Trustees have the discretion to increase the amount in the light of special circumstances or hardship, but no requests for extensions will be considered.
  • The grant can be spent on university fees, accommodation or equipment expenses while writing up 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 writing-up grants 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 writing-up grants are conditional on evidence of continuing registration by the university department.


  • 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 degrees (BA/BSc, MA/MSc) in their home country or another low or middle-income country.
  • Students may apply for this award if they have completed all their field work, commenced their writing up, and already know the date when they will submit their dissertation (ideally within 6 months of award of funding in March). Applicants usually will be in their third or later year of study.
  • NOTE if you have previously been awarded an IJURR Foundation studentship you may not apply for the writing up grant


  • Completed application form
  • 2 academic references
  • Evidence of registration on to a suitable PhD course

APPLICATIONS for IJURR Foundation Writing up Grants 2024 are NOW CLOSED. 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 2024.

For details of past awardees see here.

If you have any queries, please contact: IJURR Foundation Writing-Up Grant Enquiry