Early Career initiatives from the Regional Studies Association (RSA)

The Regional Studies Association (RSA) is committed to support students and early career researchers. Here are some of the many initiatives they offer to help grow students and early career researchers’ careers, influence and research.

RSA Early career research grant schemes
Application deadline: 31st May 2017
This award is open to single applicants in their early career (five years between the date shown on the PhD certificate and the application deadline). The award is provided to support a discrete piece of regional studies and/or regional science research. The value of the award is up to £10,000 and has a maximum time span of 18 months.
Grant value: up to £10,000 (c. €11500; US$12,000)
For more details see www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/early-career-grant-scheme

RSA Travel grant
Application deadlines: 31st May 2017, 31st August 2017, 30th November 2017
We offer members up to £500 towards travel costs when attending a non-RSA event. Recipients of the Travel Grant must be members of the Association at the time of the application, at the time of travel and claim.
Grant value: up to £500 (c. €570; US$600)
For more details see www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/rsa-travel-grant

RSA Awards
Application deadline: 31st May 2017
Nominations (both self-nominations and third party nominations) are being sought for the RSA:
· Nathaniel Lichfield/ Recent Master Student Award: Applicants need to have graduated with a master`s degree in regional studies and related fields in 2016.
· PhD Student Award: Applicants need to be registered PhD students who have not yet received their PhD certificate.
· Routledge Early Career Award: Applicants need to be early career researchers within five years of the date on their PhD certificate or equivalent.
The Awards’ ceremony will take place at the President’s Event on 16th November 2017 in London, UK. The prize for each of these Award is:
A cheque for £500;
A certificate;
Up to £200 discretionary fund toward attending the 2016 RSA President’s Event (transport costs).
For more details on RSA Awards see www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/rsa-awards-2017

Regional Studies, Regional Science student and early career mentored paper section
Submission deadlines: 31st March 2017, 31st July 2017, 30th November 2017
Our open access journal, Regional Studies, Regional Science, has a section which specifically focuses on publishing short articles from students and early career researchers to make their research accessible to a wider audience. Articles in this section will have a regional focus and will succinctly present the research questions and results whether preliminary or final. The editors of the Early Career Papers section are currently seeking submissions of paper proposals for short articles (max. 3,000 words). For more details see http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/rsrs-early-career-papers

RSA Central & Eastern Europe Conference 2017:Early career plenary speaker competition
10th – 13th September, 2017, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Application deadline: 31st March 2017
Participate in the early career researchers’ plenary speaker competition and join the plenary stage with key scholars and policymakers in the field. In addition, the successful candidate will receive a complimentary place at the conference, a contribution towards travel expenses and two nights’ accommodation paid for. For more detail on the conference, go to www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/rsa-cee-cluj2017
More details on the competition are available at http://www.regionalstudies.org/uploads/EC_Plenary_Speakers_CALL_Cluj.pdf

Student and Early Career Representatives posts on the RSA Board
Application deadline: 7th May 2017
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic PhD student and an Early Career researcher to join the Regional Studies Association Board. During the term of office, the post holders will meet distinguished scholars, practice your organisational skills, develop your interpersonal abilities and benefit from our Board Members’ experience. Both positions offer a unique opportunity to develop one’s career and networks further. For more details go to: www.regionalstudies.org/news/article/two-rsa-board-positions-available-student-representative-and-early-career-r

European Week of Regions and Cities 2017: Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy
8-12 October 2017, EU Institutions, Brussels, Belgium

Application deadline: 9th May 2017
As part of the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), the biggest event world-wide on regional and urban development, the Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy will be held for PhD students and early-career researchers. The Master Class is a unique format to connect young researchers and will include presentations of papers by the participants as well as lectures and panel debates with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics to improve understanding of and research on EU Cohesion Policy. This year, the Master Class will focus on EU Cohesion Policy’s implementation, the debate about its future post-2020 and EU and international research programmes and projects. More details at www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/ewrc-2017

RSA Student & Early Career Conference 2017: Charting a Career Path: Sharing the Learning and Lessons
2nd- 3rd November 2017, CURDS, Newcastle University, UK
Abstract Submission Deadline: 17th August 2017
This conference aims to provide students and early career researchers (within 5 years after finishing their PhD) opportunities to present their work, receive feedback, network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and related fields. In addition, the conference will offer sessions on academic publishing, how to promote your research and increase its impact and how to develop your career. For more details, please go to: www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/student-and-ec-2017

Membership Offer
These opportunities are available for RSA members but we encourage current non-members to join the RSA when making an application. RSA members benefit from reduced conference fees in addition to publications (hard copies and/or online access), research funding and awards, open networks and collaborations, an expert register, and discounted publications. To see the full list of benefits, go to:
Student membership www.regionalstudies.org/membership/page/student-membership Early career membership www.regionalstudies.org/membership/page/early-career-membership

Territorial Bands: To make our membership and events rates fairer we use territorial bands that are based on the World Bank national accounts data and OECD National Accounts data. You will find your country Band in the list at: http://www.regionalstudies.org/uploads/Country_Bands_2017.pdf

To join the RSA, go to https://members.regionalstudies.org/lounge or email us at membership@regionlastudies.org

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