CURA Visiting Fellowship Scheme

CURA Visiting Fellowship Scheme  
The Centre for Urban Research on Austerity, De Montfort University, is pleased to announce its competitive Visiting Fellowship scheme for the academic year 2021-22. We seek to appoint a Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow to assist with organising and writing up our conference, Envisioning the “Post-pandemic” City? The Fellowship scheme aims to:

• Provide support to early career scholars to pursue innovative and interdisciplinary research in partnership with CURA
• Enhance the profile of early career scholars, though support with publication writing and/or grant applications (including funders in home countries)
• Facilitate international collaboration between CURA and networks of early career researchers
• Encourage formal longer-term collaborations between the Fellow and CURA.

The scheme is open to early career researchers in receipt of a PhD award letter within the past five years (dated no earlier than 1st March 2017). Applications are welcome from outstanding candidates wishing to develop a project of theoretically, methodologically and empirically innovative research linked to CURA’s broad areas of interest – click here to download the CURA brochure. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who have peer-reviewed journal publications and/or can demonstrate significant engagement in knowledge exchange activities relating to their research.
Because of continuing risks associated with COVID-19, the scheme will take the form of a virtual visit over a period of 3.5 months, from 1st April to Friday 15th July 2022. The successful applicant will receive an honorarium of GBP£1,500 to support the following contributions toward the work of CURA.

Fellowship Responsibilities
• Assist the conference team in organising the CURA Conference 2022 Envisioning the ‘Post-pandemic’ City?. Activities, as part of the conference organising team, will include reviewing abstracts, organising panels, presenting a paper, running the online event and – importantly acting as lead rapporteur for the event.
• As lead-rapporteur, take the lead in drafting a short report of key themes emerging from the conference, to inform future CURA research and identify potential avenues for grant applications by the Fellow.
• Begin developing a grant funding application to be submitted, with CURA, in the year following the fellowship.
• Write a blogpost for the CURA website on some aspect of the Fellow’s research to date
• Participate in CURA events and meetings where this is necessary to fulfil other fellowship objectives
• Meet with a nominated academic mentor from CURA
• Observe the policies, procedures and processes of CURA and De Montfort University, including but not limited to health and safety, ethics, equality and diversity. Copies of such policies and appropriate guidance will be made available as part of a Fellowship induction.

Fellows will have access to a DMU email account, One Drive folders and other intranet facilities as required to fulfil the terms of the Fellowship, access to online library resources, and a mentor to work alongside the visit.

To Apply
Applicants should submit the following documents to by Friday 4th March 2022:

• CV (4 pages max) – including qualifications, professional background, stand-out academic achievements, publications, current or recent funded research and/or knowledge exchange activities undertaken.
• Download and complete the application form together with an outline proposal for the fellowship that could form the basis for longer-term collaborations (max. 600 words)
• One Reference – normally from the PhD supervisor or academic employer
Assessment criteria
• Date of PhD Award
• Academic excellence and potential of the applicant
• Fit with research excellence and expertise within CURA
• Ability to contribute to co-organising the CURA conference
• Willingness and ability to submit a competitive grant application (for example post-doctoral fellowship) with CURA in the year following the fellowship.

Applications will be considered by an Internal Selection Panel. Applicants will be notified of the outcome within 2 weeks of submission. Informal queries can be directed to

Information about CURA
The Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) examines the variegated impacts of austerity, retrenchment, neo-liberalisation – and now COVID-19 – on urban living. It charts and seeks to influence the political responses of city-dwellers to these powerful trends and identifies ways that research can help support truly egalitarian modes of sustainable development, including eliminating poverty and inequality and giving voice to the marginalised and dispossessed. We seek to contribute to a radically new research-informed policy landscape, to empower grassroots democratic participation and foster solutions to intersecting inequalities in global urban contexts.