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.
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.