Urban Communication Research Grant 2020

"Le mur de Ben" (1995) (cc) flickr user Daniel Jolivet https://www.flickr.com/photos/sybarite48/
Retro phone booth (cc) flickr user https://www.flickr.com/photos/dominiqueb/

Applications are now being received for the 2020 IAMCR Urban Communication Research Grant. The grant is worth USD 1,750 and supports communication and media research that advances understanding of the growing complexity of the urban environment.

The grant is hosted by the International Association for Media and Communication Research and funded by the Urban Communication Foundation. It is predicated on the assumption that communication scholars have a valuable contribution to make to an understanding of the urban landscape. The grant is open to all IAMCR members in good standing.

The USD 1,750 grant is designed to support research already in progress or in the beginning stages. Priority is given to projects that feature innovative, inter-disciplinary, applied, and creative approaches to studying the central role of communication in the transformation of urban cultures and communities. The grant is not intended for already completed research presented at the current IAMCR Conference in Beijing.

A 7-person committee consisting of five IAMCR members and two Urban Communication Foundation representatives will judge the proposals. IAMCR representatives in the committee are Nico Carpentier (Chair), Cees Hamelink, Janet Wasko, Aimée Vega Montiel and Olesya Venger. Urban Communication Foundation representatives are Gary Gumpert and Susan Drucker.

The grant is awarded each year at the annual IAMCR Conference, this year in Beijing, China from July 12-16, 2020. Grant winners are encouraged to attend the entire Beijing conference, and to present a paper there. They must also report to IAMCR and the UCF on the progress of their research at the 2021 year conference, and are required to submit a paper for this conference.

Application Procedure

Submit the application electronically to UrbanCommunication2020 [at] iamcr.org.

Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2020. Applicants must be current members of IAMCR.

The complete application must include:

  • A letter of application, not exceeding two pages, that describes the proposed research or research already in progress, the significance of the work to urban communication, and the methodology to be employed. A description of any special funding needs is also welcome (e.g. travel, research assistants, technical support).
  • A current CV
  • A sample of applicant's work relevant to the proposed research

NOTE: Your email application must have "Urban Communication" in the subject line.

The grant winner will be announced by April 30, 2020.