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Future Cities: PhD Prize Fellows

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  Future Cities PhD Prize Fellowship Competition 2018

The University of Cambridge is pleased to announce the third annual Future Cities Research Student competition.

The Future Cities Programme includes PhD Future Cities Prize Fellowships, awarded through a generous gift from Capital and Counties Properties Plc. The fellowships are designed to support PhD students from across the University in the development of research relating to future cities. 

As part of the fellowship, the winners of the competition will receive a prize of £2000 each. The fellowships include development of a short research paper of no more than 1500 words, presenting at the annual conference and producing a research poster for discussion. The Future Cities conference for 2018 will be on Thursday 12th July. There will also be an opportunity to have their research and findings published to the web and/or in a conference publication.*

The Research Paper

The subject of the paper and poster may be on any topic related to Future Cities and in particular relating to the theme and topics for the 2018 conference, 'Successful Cities of the Future'. The paper can consider building and city design, operation and liveability from any perspective. Topics can be wide ranging, including (but not exclusive to): energy, technology, data, governance, investment, finance, asset value, carbon, health, housing, travel, resource management, social equity, cohesion, productivity, efficiency or economic development. There is no restriction on the geographic location considered – the research could be on cities in high-income countries or the emerging cities of developing nations. Whilst the subject of the research will ideally be related to the student’s dissertation research topic, there is no requirement that this be the case.

* The research papers will be collated in a non-academic publication, with prizewinners free to use amended versions of their papers for academic publication

How to Apply

Entry into the competition is through submission of a 500 word summary of the proposed topic and how it will be approached, using the form/template below. You should submit both a word and a .pdf version. A reference will be required from your supervisor and should also be sent to the email address below. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the reference is received by the deadline. 

Applicants must be from the University of Cambridge and can be in any year of their PhD but their final submission date must be after the end of June 2018.

Download Application Form/Proposal Template here

Email to: 

Deadline for receipt of competition entries is Monday 19th February, at 12 noon!

Selection of the successful students will be through a panel from the Department of Land Economy and Capital & Counties.


For information about the prizewinners from previous years please see here and here.

Here is what one of the past PhD Prizewinners had to say:

 “I was very pleased to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the Future Cities initiative. It allowed me to explore some areas of research relevant to my future career, that I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise. The work I did also complimented other parts of my PhD and through it, I engaged with other people from across the University who all are interested in cities but from very different perspectives." - Simon Price, 2016 PhD Future Cities Fellow