Grants for Master’s Thesis in Urban Research
Call has been opened for the City of Turku’s grants for writing Master’s Thesis in urban research. Call applies for students registered to and actively studying for a degree at University of Turku or Åbo Akademi University. The grant is applied in autumn with a research plan, when the work is ongoing. The grant will be paid next year only against a ready-made Master’s Thesis. Maximum 10 grants will be allocated altogether in the competition funded by the City of Turku.
The goal of Turku Urban Research Programme is to support academic and applicable research, which fosters, in accord with Turku’s strategy, wellbeing and activity of Turku’s inhabitants as well as competitiveness and sustainable growth of the municipality. Within these themes, the topic of Turku Urban Research Programme is social and spatial change in cities as well as a municipality’s opportunities to influence a course of change, whether by itself or co-operating with other actors. The research programme describes research themes broadly, but leaves it to the researchers to define the theoretical framing and the research questions of their studies. The applicant should familiarise with Turku Urban Research Programme (in Finnish).
Turku Urban Research Programme provides funding for Master’s Thesis that build on a theoretical framework and may produce results applicable in the municipality’s development. Evaluation of applications will focus on ambition and feasibility of the research in a given time as well as applicability and originality of the contribution. The desired applicability is insights into municipal government’s options to influence urban development or improve governance – with future orientation, but acknowledging the importance of historical perspectives too. The empirical research may, but it does not have to concern Turku city or city region, if applicability of the results can be otherwise justified.
The City of Turku has reserved annually maximum €20.000 for the grants and will provide maximum 10 grants, €2000 each. The grant is applied and allocated when the work is ongoing, but the grant will be paid only against a ready-made Master’s Thesis. It is required to be finished December 1st the next year at latest, but preferably earlier. The grant is tax-free income.