Call for Applications


The International Social Science Council (ISSC) calls for 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.”

The seminar will take place from 9-13 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa.

Guided by the core question, we are looking for talented early career social scientists to become World Social Science Fellows. Candidates from across all world regions who are deeply familiar with their own local/regional contexts to address the challenge posed by Goal 11 are invited to apply. Their familiarity must take the form of case studies that are not merely descriptive, but rooted in a clearly articulated conceptual framework that contributes to the global debate about sustainable urbanization. It is essential that candidates are interested in developing this knowledge into new, interdisciplinary perspectives at the seminar.

We are offering the opportunity to interact with some of the leading thinkers in this area and a global group of other talented early career social scientists. This is the last seminar in a series of three on the topic of sustainable urbanization, and work at the seminar will build on work from the previous seminars. There will be a particular emphasis on the science-policy interface during this seminar, and the Cities Alliance is involved as one of the partners in the organization.

Deadline for applications is 8 June 2015, 00.00hrs GMT

Download the full call for applications here.

Applications can be submitted electronically and in one file tofellows@worldsocialscience.org