World Social Science Fellowships on Sustainable Urbanization

Deadline: 8 June 2015

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) is currently accepting applications from outstanding early career social scientists around the world to become World Social Science Fellows and participate in a World Social Science Seminar on Sustainable Urbanization with the thematic of “Urban governance to tackle urban poverty and environmental sustainability.” Candidates from across all world regions who are deeply familiar with their own local/regional contexts to address the challenge posed by Goal are invited to apply. The seminar will take place from 9-13 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa.

The ISSC is an international organisation that aims to advance the practice and use of the social and behavioural sciences in all parts of the world, and to ensure their global representation. This seminar series is organised in partnership with The Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP).

The ISSC will select a maximum of 20 early career social scientists to participate in the seminar and become World Social Science Fellows.

Fellowship Benefits

Travel costs to Durban and local travel and subsistence costs will be covered for the World Social Science Fellows.  Fellows attending the seminar will benefit from a good overview of the current state-of-the-art of research in sustainable urbanization, as well as a vision for compelling research priorities for the next 5 to 10 years. On the final day of the seminar, Fellows will attend the World Social Science Forum.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply, applicant must be:

  • Deeply familiar with a local/regional context to address the challenge posed by proposed Sustainable Development Goal;
  • A post-doctoral researcher with a maximum of five years research experience following PhD (candidates with more research experience can also be considered, if they explain why they should be eligible); or
  • An early career researcher without a PhD but with an equivalent level of research experience and output;
  • Under 40 years of age (candidates over the age of 40 can also be considered, if they explain why they should be eligible)

How to Apply?

  • Applications can be submitted electronically in one file via email. Following documents must be attached with the application, in English-
    • A Curriculum Vitae of no more than 2 pages, including information about education, research projects and networks, awards and prizes and other pertinent experiences
    • In addition to the 2 page CV, add a list of your most important publications.
    • An abstract (one page maximum) of the paper applicant would present at the seminar
    • A statement (one page maximum) outlining applicant’s perspective on the topic
    • Please highlight relevant experience applicant have in interdisciplinary research projects.
    • Agreement from home institution about participation in the seminar including a short outline of knowledge you have gained at the seminar with your colleagues/students after you return.
  • Successful applicants will be informed in July 2015.

For more information, please visit ISSC Seminar.