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This academic year, the Centre for Urban Studies launches three rounds of seed-grant calls to support and facilitate research initiatives of CUS’ research staff, both permanent and temporary (PhDs, Post Docs). This is the second round, where a maximum of up to 2.500 euro per grant is awarded.

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The 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. The seed-grants aim to bring different people together to discuss ongoing research (e.g. PhD), or to create a platform to develop and/or get additional feedback on research proposals. We especially appreciate initiatives that: bring together academic research and work on Urban Studies from different disciplines and programme groups within CUS, enable exchange and collaborations between researchers from CUS and researchers from abroad, facilitate a dialogue between academic researchers and stakeholders in the city of Amsterdam. Proposals involving PhD students or aiming at developing new research proposals are also particularly welcomed.

Examples of projects to be considered for funding are:

  • Joint workshops between different programme groups or disciplines;
  • Activities reinforcing international collaborations;
  • Small scale pilot studies leading to research grant applications;
  • Different podia to discuss joint research proposals;
  • Outreach projects with the City of Amsterdam or other stakeholders (e.g., public debates, panel discussions).

Besides financial support, the Centre for Urban Studies will help with the practical organization and communication of the awarded initiatives.

To be considered for this second round of 2016/2017, please send a project description of max. 600 words to: before the 18th of April 2017. The description should clearly explain:

  • the goal(s) of the project;
  • how it adds value to the Centre for Urban Studies;
  •  its timeline, including the expected completion date;
  •  how its results/outcomes will be presented to the Urban Studies community (and possibly beyond);
  • a project budget;


This is the second of three rounds for Seed-Grant initiatives this academic year. The last round will be autumn 2017.