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Call for Visiting Research Fellows 2016 – Brussels Centre for Urban Studies

The Brussels Centre for Urban Studies is a new interdisciplinary research centre at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) that brings together urban researchers from various disciplines. Its aim is to increase the visibility of VUB urban research and to develop and support research projects in the domain of urban studies. The centre orientation is global, but particular attention is paid to the urban dynamics of Brussels.

Visiting research fellowships
In order to realize these aims, the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies offers funding to a limited number of visiting research fellows. Fellowships are non­‐stipendiary, but travel and accommodation costs are covered. As such, these fellowships are mainly intended for faculty on leave or sabbatical and for PhD or postdoc researchers that have a salary from their home university or research institute.
Fellowship duration is in principle between three and six months, but the exact duration will depend on the preferences and requirements of the applicants.

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. Depending on the timing of the fellowship period, senior fellows will also be asked to give a public lecture within the Stadssalonsurbains lecture series (https://brusselsacademy.wordpress.com/salons/).

All fellows are expected to submit a brief report at the end of their fellowship period for publication on the Centre website.

Application process
In order to apply to the Visiting Research Fellowship scheme of the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, applicants should submit an updated curriculum vitae, a list of publications and a concise statement of the research and activity plan. The deadline for applications is 15 September 2015.

Fellowship applications need to be submitted via e-­mail to the Centre coordinators Stefan De Corte (sdecorte@vub.ac.be) and Bas van Heur (bvheur@vub.ac.be).

Following notification within a month after this deadline, applicants are expected to start their fellowship between January and December 2016.

Prior to submission, applicants must discuss the proposed research with and have the written support of two VUB research groups in order to ensure the interdisciplinary orientation of the fellowship project. Applicants are advised to contact the Centre coordinators Stefan De Corte and Bas van Heur at least one month before the deadline to discuss the fellowship project and its relation to the VUB research groups.
Fellowship projects also need to address at least one of the three central research themes of the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies: sustainable urban environments; urban cultures and diversity; and governing urban economies.

Please see the Centre website for more information on these themes and the VUB research groups: http://research.vub.ac.be/urban.


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About Vidhya Mohankumar

Vidhya Mohankumar is an architect and urban designer with over a decade of work experience in India, Ireland and the United States and a passion for creating livable and sustainable cities. She is the founder of Urban Design Collective (UDC), a non-profit organization that works as a collaborative platform to create better cities through community engagement. Vidhya also advocates sustainable development through training and capacity building programmes for various stakeholder groups and also within academia through her association with a number of universities as guest faculty. In other parallel albeit real universes, she is a wishful artist, an avid wanderer, a constant gardener and a newly enthused cook.

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