Urban KNOW small grants fund now open – apply before 18 November

Urban KNOW is pleased to announce the opening of the second round of the KNOW Small Grants Fund. The Fund will award grants that enable UK-based scholars at UK universities, policy research institutions, and NGOs with a research portfolio to conduct research relating to the theme of urban equality in one of the KNOW partner cities.

The Fund will award a stipend of up to £1500 per calendar month for up to two months, as well as the cost of return flights to one of the KNOW partner cities. Grant-holders will be introduced to KNOW partners in the chosen city, facilitated by relevant KNOW Co-Investigators. Grant-holders will be required to discuss and refine their research programme with the KNOW partner on arrival in the selected city. Finally, Grant-holders will be required to present initial findings to KNOW partners at the end of fieldwork; to prepare a short article (approximately 3000 words) about their research for publication as a KNOW working paper; and to present their findings in a public forum when they return to the UK.


  • Applicants must be UK-based.

  • Applicants must be currently employed at a UK Higher Education Institution, UK-based policy-research institute, or UK-based Non-Governmental Organisation with a research portfolio. In each case, contract of employment should exceed the proposed duration of the research visit.

  • The proposed research should engage with the theme of urban equality, although the applicant has the freedom to shape, and make explicit, how their proposed focus makes this link.

  • Knowledge of the local language is desirable but is not essential.

  • Experience of working in the proposed city is desirable but is not essential.

  • Please note that current doctoral students are not eligible to apply.

The deadline for the KNOW Small Grants Fund applications is 12.00 pm, Monday 18th November 2019. Interviews will be held the week commencing 2nd December 2019. The grants will be awarded on 12th December 2019 for research to commence between January-August 2020.

More information on the small grants fund and how to apply is available on the Urban KNOW website.