28 Aug 2015

As part of the Regional Studies Association‘s 50th anniversary new funding schemes and increased funding for Research Networks have been agreed.

By offering these, the Association is seeking to raise the profile of regional research and its contribution if appropriate, to policy and practice. Research awards will be judged on the basis of the excellence of the research proposal and the ability of the applicant to communicate the results of the research broadly.

Please note that these schemes are open to RSA members only. However, non-members are encouraged to apply and join the RSA at the same time (not applicable for the Fellowship Research Grant).

Travel Grants

The RSA offers its members’ up to £500 towards travel costs when attending a non - RSA event. Recipients of the Travel Grant must be a member of the Association at the time of the application, at the time of travel and claim. Non-members are encouraged to apply and join the RSA at the same time.

  • Value: up to £500 (or its equivalent in US$ or € depending upon the exchange rate at the time of the award).
  • Application deadlines in 2015: Friday 28th August, 3pm (GMT); Friday 27th November, 3pm (GMT)

Webpage: www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/rsa-travel-grant

Membership Research Grant (NEW)

This is a new research funding scheme introduced in 2015 which is intended primarily to provide opportunities for mid-career scholars who have already published in the field of regional studies and or science and who are current Individual members of the RSA.

  • Value: up to £5,000 (or its equivalent in US$ or € depending upon the exchange rate at the time of the award).
  • Timeframe: Maximum time span of 18 months and reporting conditions apply
  • Application process: A two stage application process applies
  • Application deadline (first selection round): 30th October 2015, 3pm (GMT)

Webpage: www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/rsa-MeRSA-Grant

Fellowship Research Grant (NEW)

This new award is open to Fellows of the RSA only. RSA Fellows are members who have been continuous members for a minimum of 5 years and who have also been defined as “active members”. This means that they have contributed to the life of the Association through serving on the Board or committees, have spoken at conferences, have applied for funding etc. Please email the membership team at membership@regionalstudies.org to check your eligibility for this category of membership.

  • Value: up to £7,500 (or its equivalent in US$ or € depending upon the exchange rate at the time of the award).
  • Timeframe: Maximum time span of 18 months and reporting conditions apply
  • Application process: A two stage application process applies
  • Application deadline (first selection round): 30th October 2015, 3pm (GMT)

Webpage: www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/rsa-fellowship-research-grant-scheme

The RSA Early Career Award

Who is it for?

This award is open to single applicants in their early career (five years maximum between the date showing on the certificate and the application deadline). Applicants must be based within an eligible higher education institution (HEI) and must be a current, early career member of the Regional Studies Association and throughout the duration of the grant (please note that applicants may apply for membership at the same time as applying for the grant).

  • Value: up to £10,000 (or its equivalent in US$ or € depending upon the exchange rate at the time of the award).
  • Timeframe: Maximum time span of 18 months and reporting conditions apply
  • Application process: A two stage application process applies
  • Application deadline (first selection round): 31st May 2016, 3pm (GMT) 

Webpage: http://www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/early-career-grant-scheme

2015-2016 Research Networks’ Funding Scheme

In 2015, the Association introduced an increased Research Networks’ funding scheme which is part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Association and available in 2015 and 2016 only. RSA Research Networks are formed by RSA members interested in meeting to examine an issue that responds to the aims and goals of the Association and is of interest and concern to members of the Association as well as non-members. The issue needs not necessarily to have a direct policy focus but the examination would normally lead to policy related conclusions.

  • Value: up to £10,000 (or its equivalent in US$ or € depending upon the exchange rate at the time of the award).
  • Timeframe: minimum of 3 years and reporting conditions apply
  • Application deadline: 31st July 2016, 4pm (GMT)

Webpage: www.regionalstudies.org/research

2016 RSA Awards

The call for the 2015 RSA Awards is now open for the following categories:

  • Nathaniel Lichfield Award 2015 (Taught Masters)
  • RSA and Routledge Early Career Award 2015 (Early Careers)
Since 2011, The Regional Studies Association has allocated financial resources to support its members and offer a range of funding opportunities to suit different career stages. These opportunities provide members with the chance to apply for financial help to support their research, run networking events, receive awards for excellence and help towards the costs of travel to attend non RSA events and present their work to international audiences.

  • Value: up to £500 in cash (In case the award is assigned to two or more nominees, the prize will be divided equally among the winners), a certificate and up to a discretionary £200 towards travel to attend the RSA President's Event 2015 in London, UK on the 19th November 2015.
  • Application deadline: 31st May 2016, 4pm (GMT)
Webpage: http://www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/awards-2015


For more details on the RSA’s Awards, Funding and Research Schemes please visit http://www.regionalstudies.org/funding, and for related queries email Auréliane Beauclair, Development Manager at aureliane.beauclair [at] regionalstudies [dot] org.