Funding will support visiting research fellowships between the UK and ODA eligible countries, or between two ODA eligible countries. This scheme will enable eligible individuals to conduct fieldwork and produce research outputs, which expand theoretical and empirical understanding of urban, health and education challenges in neighbourhoods of fast growing cities in developing countries.

The overall objectives of the Visiting Research Fellowship Programme are to:

  1. strengthen capacity to undertake urban research at the neighbourhood level;
  2. strengthen capacity to use research to influence urban planning, policy and practicein fast growing cities in developing countries and emerging economies; and
  3. foster interdisciplinary collaborationand strengthen a global network of emerging urban scholars.


There is no one defined length of fellowship, but as a guide SHLC will support visits lasting:

  • Short-term: 1 week
  • Medium-term: 1 week-1month
  • Long-term: up to 3 months

It is expected that fellowships should begin within six months of approved funding decision.


SHLC’s Visiting Research Fellowship Programme must conduct research that focuses on SHLC ‘challenge areas’ (more information in application guide) within neighbourhoods and cities of one or more ODA (Official Development Assistance) eligible countries. Visit the OECD for more information about ODA eligible countries, including definition and coverage.

Visiting fellowships should complement the core work of SHLC by:

  • Extending: SHLC research and methodologies in a new context, such as a different city beyond our case study countries;
  • Undertaking fieldwork and producing research outputs: which expand theoretical and empirical understanding of urban, health and education challenges of fast-growing cities in developing countries and emerging economies.

Individuals focused on urban, health and education ‘development’ within cities across ODA-eligible developing countries and emerging economies, including:

  • Early career researchers
  • PhD students
  • Policymakers and practitioners
  • Business professionals
Does Cover
  • Travel (economy flights only)
  • Accommodation
  • Reasonable daily subsistence
  • Technical support (in exceptional cases hardware such as interview recorders, but not laptops) for data collection, processing and storage in order to support research activities.
  • Transcription and translation to support interviews and focus groups.
Does NOT Cover
  • Salary (academic and administrative)
  • PhD studentships
  • Scholarships