The Brussels Centre for Urban Studies offers two types of visiting fellowships: 1) visiting research fellowships aimed at international researchers; and 2) civil society fellowships aimed at members of civil society in Brussels.
The Brussels Centre for Urban Studies is currently in a transition phase. We are in the process of hiring a new Centre coordinator: as a result, all calls are for the moment put ‘on hold’. The fellowship schemes will continue in one way or another, but the format is likely to change. How exactly will be decided by the Centre board in the months following the summer break, meaning you can normally expect a new call in the autumn of 2019 for fellows of 2020.
2019 fellowship calls now published!
Please read carefully the Call before completing and submitting the application form and your CV. Please note that your application needs to be supported by two research groups of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Contact the board members of these groups (for a full list, click here) and, if relevant to your research, specific researchers within these groups well in advance of the deadline in order to get their feedback and support. Supporting research groups do not need to submit separate letters of support; it is sufficient to mention their details in the application form.
Submission deadline: 5 September 2018!
Visiting research fellowships
Every year, the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies offers funding to a limited number of visiting research fellows. Fellowships are non-stipendiary, but travel- (one return ticket to Brussels and back) and accommodation costs are covered. As such, these fellowships are 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 is to promote exemplary interdisciplinary research in urban studies and to increase the international visibility of urban research at the VUB. Applicants are therefore expected to actively participate in events organized by the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies and the relevant VUB research groups. Fellows are 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)
Astrid Bjørgen (NTNU, Norway)
Alejandra Trejo-Nieto (El Colegio de Mexico)
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)
Aleksandra ZUBRZYCKA-CZARNECKA (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Christina Pech (The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) Stockholm) Urban Traces Report coming up
2016 visiting research fellows
2015 visiting research fellows
Isabelle Doucet (University of Manchester, UK)
Civil society fellowships
The civil society fellowship programme of the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies is intended to support research collaborations between VUB research groups and civil society organisations and professionals in Brussels. We recognize that individuals with extensive experience in civil society organisations possess invaluable expertise to tackle urban challenges and want to fund work that leads to increased cooperation between civil society professionals and university researchers. Fellowship projects can take many forms including, but not limited to: collaborative research with sociocultural or social movement groups or neighbourhood organisations; involvement in teaching and mentoring students in a research action project; the production of innovative research-led pedagogical material; and analysis of public policy and urban development projects that results in new policy positions and advocacy around these positions. Above all, we want 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)
2016 civil society fellows
Leen de Spiegelaere (Brussels Kunstenoverleg (BKO))
Sophie Alexandre (Réseau des Arts à Bruxelles(RAB))