• Persis Taraporevala, Writing up Grant 2021

    "The simple process of application and reporting for the grant demonstrates that this is a funding opportunity that focuses on the wellbeing of the student."

  • Anurag Mazumdar, Studentship 2021

    "Without the Foundation’s grant, I would have found it difficult to conduct in-person fieldwork, especially during Covid-19 and frequent lockdowns"

  • Inge Salo, 2021

    "In my particular experience, completing the research proposal has been challenging and the funds received from the studentship has helped me navigate this stage of my program by enabling me to attend a PhD student writing workshop."

  • Persis Taraporevala, Writing up Grant 2021

    "The IJURR Foundation’s Writing-Up Grant made it possible for me to focus on my writing during a deeply uncertain time. The Covid-19 pandemic required me to re-evaluate the scope and methodology of my thesis while closed borders and changed fieldwork plans resulted in a need to quickly adapt to new living conditions."

  • Studentship Holder, 2021

    "I am very grateful to the IJURR Foundation for the funding offered in the studentship. I hope the IJURR Foundation will continue to offer similar opportunities to junior researchers who are passionate to develop innovative and critical knowledge in the fields of urban and regional studies and social sciences."

  • Clare Wan, Studentship 2021

    "As Covid also has impacted the number of potential respondents I could interview, I used a part of the financial support to hire two local research assistants to help me tap into broader local networks to locate respondents."

  • Burcu Köken, Studentship 2021

    "Being rewarded by the IJURR Scholarship is academically fulfilling and mentally and financially settling. I consider myself very lucky to be among the IJURR alumni."

  • Prerona Das, Writing up Grant 2021

    "The IJURR Foundation writing-up grant has helped me immensely during the final thesis writing phase of the PhD journey. Moreover, the award itself being a prestigious one has given me some recognition and has made my resume stronger."

  • Saumya Vaishnava, Studentship 2021

    "I was concerned about the cost of travel if I was unable to take public transportation, which was subject to government restrictions and was potentially a riskier means of getting around. The IJURR Foundation award provided me with the finances to travel safely to and from my various research archives and documentary research sites."

  • Studentship Holder, 2021

    "The IJURR Foundation Studentship award has been fundamental for my dissertation research. Last semester (Fall 2021), when it still didn’t feel safe to travel around in Brazil due to the ongoing pandemic, a small portion of the award helped to partly cover my living costs and “in absentia” tuition."

  • Brena O'Dwyer, Writing up Grant 2021

    "Because I was able to solely focus on writing I was also able to present my work at 45 Annual Anpocs Conference (Brazilian National Association for Graduate Studies in Social Science) in the Working Group “In the nets of “gender violence” against women judialization: ethnographies, affects, advances and setbacks in the South American context”

  • Xi Lu, Writing up Grant 2021

    "The successful application for this grant has improved my self-esteem and inspired me to learn more about the interactions between social, economic, and political processes in urban and rural environments. This grant has additionally given my resume a boost. It helped convince potential employers, resulting in a successful job application in academia and a fellowship with UNDP."

  • Brandon Finn, Studentship 2020

    "The IJURR studentship was immensely helpful to me during 2020, and I must express my sincere thanks for your support. It allowed me the freedom to continue my PhD research despite the immense difficulties caused by COVID-19. Because of the IJURR grant, I was afforded the possibility to focus entirely on my PhD research, and develop new areas of academic enquiry. "

IJURR Foundation Community


Over the 27 years since it was established, the Foundation has supported hundreds of outstanding scholars around the world. Some have gone on to work in academic positions, while others have moved into a diverse range of careers and positions. Here our rich network of alumni share their views on how the Foundation has helped them achieve their goals.