2020 call for projects now open! Application deadline: 15 March 2020

Each year, the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies launches a call for projects, which is open to all VUB research groups and researchers. All kinds of projects and initiatives can be funded. Important is that the project is of relevance to the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies and engages with the core research questions that will guide the Centre’s activities for the coming years.

For more information, please see the Call description (PDF) as well as the Application Form (Word).

Deadline for proposal submissions is 15 March 2020. Submit the application form via e-mail to the Centre’s research coordinator Lena Imeraj. The Brussels Centre for Urban Studies board will review all received applications and communicate the selection results within one month following this date.


Previous calls: 2015-2019

For previous calls, the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies advertised two types of fellowships: visiting research fellowships and civil society fellowships. Below, you can find a brief description of the fellowships as well as more information on the awarded fellows.

Visiting research fellowships

These fellowships were mainly intended for faculty on leave or sabbatical and for postdoc researchers that have a salary from their home university or research institute. The objective of these fellowships was to promote exemplary interdisciplinary research in urban studies and to increase the international visibility of urban research at the VUB. Fellows were encouraged to organize workshops, develop research projects, contribute to teaching or engage in other activities that are in line with the aims of the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies.

2019 visiting research fellows

Anna Di Ronco (University of Essex, UK)

Amy C Foerster (Pace University, USA) Urban Traces Report

Astrid Bjørgen (NTNU, Norway) Urban Traces Report

Alejandra Trejo-Nieto (El Colegio de Mexico) Urban Traces Report

Deniz Ay (Ohio State university, USA/University of Bern, Ch)

2018 visiting research fellows

Anne TJØNNDAL (Nord University, Bodø, Norway)

Haïfa TLILI (Paris Descartes University, France)

Raquel LÁZARO-GUTIÉRREZ (Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, Spain) Urban Traces Report

Aleksandra ZUBRZYCKA-CZARNECKA (University of Warsaw, Poland) Urban Traces Report

2017 visiting research fellows

A.J. Jacobs (East Carolina University, USA) Urban Traces Report

Andrew Barnfield (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) Urban Traces Report

Christina Pech (The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm)

Bill Addis (Independent scholar) Urban Traces Report

2016 visiting research fellows

Igor Calzada (University of Oxford, UK)  Urban Traces Report

Enrico Gualini (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)  Urban Traces Report

Andrew Karvonen (University of Manchester, UK)  Urban Traces Report

Sara Wermiel (Boston University and MIT, USA)  Urban Traces Report

2015 visiting research fellows

Simon Batterbury (University of Melbourne, Australia)  Urban Traces Report

Clotilde Bonfiglioli (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France)  Urban Traces Report

Isabelle Doucet (University of Manchester, UK)

Tassilo Herrschel (University of Westminster, UK) Urban Traces Report

Martin Müller (University of Zurich, Switzerland)  Urban Traces Report

Civil society fellowships

The civil society fellowship programme was intended to support research collaborations between VUB research groups and civil society organisations and professionals in Brussels. Individuals with extensive experience in civil society organisations possess invaluable expertise to tackle urban challenges and this fellowship scheme allowed for funding work that leads to increased cooperation between civil society professionals and university researchers. Above all, the aim was to support activities that develop sustainable academic–civic research relationships that go beyond the boundaries of established university practice and that contribute to addressing key urban problems in Brussels.

2017 civil society fellows

Guillaume Servonnat (Espaces-Mobilités)

Nicolas Van Puymbroeck & Eva Samyn (Ferment)  Fellowship output

2016 civil society fellows

Leen de Spiegelaere (Brussels Kunstenoverleg (BKO))

Sophie Alexandre (Réseau des Arts à Bruxelles(RAB)) 

Joost Vandenbroele (Brussels Raad voor het Leefmilieu)  Fellowship output

Marianne Scheppers (Brussel Onthaal vzw)   Fellowship output

Pieter Smets (DEMOS) Fellowship output (blog), Fellowship output (video)