Research Fellowship, Urban Systems Lab

 Urban Systems Lab Research Fellowship

The Urban Systems Lab Research Fellowships support research and scholarly activity that further the USL’s commitment to providing new insight into developing more equitable and resilient cities. The fellowships support collaboration and independent research from New School faculty and PhD student that draws from empirical and theoretical approaches as well as design and data visualization to advance urban systems research and practice.

2019 – 2020 Fellows

FACULTY FELLOWS

  • Karim Ahmed (PT Faculty, Parsons School of Design)

  • Debra Anderson McGrory (PT Faculty, Parsons School of Design and Schools of Public Engagement)

  • Andrea Marpillero-Colomina (PT Faculty, Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts)

  • Chris Woebken (PT Faculty, Parsons School of Design)

PHD FELLOWS

  • Veronica Olivotto (PhD Candidate, Public and Urban Policy)

  • Avigail Vantu (PhD Student, Public and Urban Policy)

  • Jen Ventrella  (PhD Student, Public and Urban Policy)


Call for Faculty 2020 – 2021 Fellowships

The Urban Systems Lab (USL) is currently accepting applications for Faculty Fellowships. Fellows will receive a $3,000 budget for the 2020–2021 academic year to spend on expenses related to research and scholarly activity (eg. research expenses, conferences, travel if permitted). Applicants are invited to propose research projects that further the USL’s commitment to providing new insight into developing more equitable and resilient cities.

Ideal projects will draw from empirical and theoretical approaches as well as design and data visualization to advance urban systems research and practice. We are particularly interested in project responding to topics such as: climate change adaptation and nature-based solutions; urban resilience; social-ecological-technological-systems (SETS) analysis and modeling; urban land use planning; social equity and environmental justice; scenarios for sustainable urban futures; urban biodiversity and ecosystem services; and urban ecosystem structure and functions, urban environmental governance, data visualization and design, coastal resiliency planning, among others.

Applicants for the USL Faculty Fellowship are expected to complete the proposed project during the fellowship period (Oct. 15, 2020 – August 30, 2021). Fellows will maintain a sustained engagement with the Lab through bi-weekly Lab meetings, presentation of past and ongoing work at least once, and exchanges that may result in further collaborations with USL faculty and students. Faculty will be expected to give a public presentation on their work after the completion of the fellowship period in October 2021.

Applicants will complete an online application that should include:

  1. A 2 – 3 page research proposal that states the aims, conceptual basis, methodology, expected outcomes, and 
significance of the proposed project. The proposal should clearly articulates the project’s connections to Urban Systems Lab research and practice

  2. A one-page research project bibliography

  3. Brief Budget and Budget Narrative

  4. Curriculum Vitae

Eligibility: Open to Part Time and Full Time Faculty members at the New School University. Funds must be spent during the fellowship period, Oct. 15, 2020 – August 30, 2021.

All faculty fellowship application materials must be submitted by 6pm October 1, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.  Applications will be reviewed by the USL Fellowship Review Committee and decisions announced by mid-October 2020.

We are also seeking a research assistant, please check our opportunities page to learn more.


Call for Graduate Student 2020 – 2021 Fellowships

The Urban Systems Lab (USL) invites New School PhD students to apply for the USL Graduate Research Fellowship. Fellows will receive a stipend up to $8,000 for the 2020–2021 academic year. Fellows will commit to participating in bi-weekly meetings throughout the academic year, to present their research publically on at least one occasion, and to engage actively with the work of current USL efforts, as well as research fellows and visiting scholars. Applicant’s research should be grounded in scholarly and/or other creative practice that further the USL’s commitment to provide new insight into developing more equitable and resilient cities.

Ideal projects will draw from empirical and theoretical approaches to advance urban systems research and practice on topics such as: climate change adaptation and nature-based solutions; urban resilience; social-ecological-technological-systems (SETS) analysis and modeling; urban land use planning; social equity and environmental justice; scenarios for sustainable urban futures; urban biodiversity and ecosystem services; and urban ecosystem structure and functions, urban environmental governance, data visualization and design, coastal resiliency planning, among others. We are particularly interested in PhD candidates whose research has affinity with active efforts in the lab including on topics such as: Urban resilience, Socio-Eco-Technical Systems, Nature-based solutions, as well as experience with spatial modeling and data visualization. Competitive applications will make efforts to link with current USL grant funded projects. See urbansystemslab.com/projects for more information, and we encourage applicants to reach out with any questions.

In addition to the quality of the proposed research and its relevance to the USL’s scope and focus, selection of fellows will take into account the proposed project’s commitment to environmental justice, equity and advancing scientific discourse in the public realm.

Applicants will complete an online application that must include:

  1. A 2-3 page research proposal that clearly articulates its connections to the Urban Systems Lab, and details your core research question, conceptual basis or theory, methodological approach, expected outputs, timeline, and budget priority.

  2. A one-page research project bibliography

  3. Curriculum Vitae

  4. A link to portfolio work as appropriate.

Recommendation letter:
 Applicants should request a one page letter of endorsement from a faculty member who knows their work or is serving in an advising capacity to be sent directly to urbansystemslab@newschool.edu with the subject line “USL Graduate Fellowship.” The letter should indicate whether the applicant has advanced to PhD candidacy and, if not, when this is expected to take place, as well as specifying the fit of the student and their project for USL. For advanced students, it should include the expected date of completion of the Ph.D.

All graduate fellowship application materials must be submitted by 6pm October 1, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.  Applications will be reviewed by the USL faculty and staff and decisions announced by mid-October 2020.

Eligibility: Applicants must be actively enrolled as a student in a doctoral graduate program at the New School University. Stipends will be awarded during the fellowship period, Oct. 15, 2020 – August 30, 2021.