Regional Studies Association Announced Research Funding Schemes

Next RSA funding deadline: RSA Travel Grants, 20th February 2016, 3pm GMT

The Regional Studies Association offers a range of funding schemes to help and support its members throughout the different stages of their careers.

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.

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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).

For more details on the RSA’s Funding Schemes, please see below:

Membership Research Grant
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): 8th May 2016, 3pm (GMT)

Fellowship Research Grant
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): 8th May 2016, 3pm (GMT)

RSA Early Career Grant Scheme
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).

How does it work?
The RSA Early Career Grant is provided to support a discrete piece of regional studies and/or regional science research. The value of the grant is up to £10,000 (or its equivalent in dollars or euros depending upon the agreed exchange rate at the time of the award). The grant has a maximum time span of 18 months and reporting conditions apply. Only one grant will be made to any successful applicant.

Application process
Please note that the application process has been changed in 2015 to a two stage application process.

Forthcoming application deadline in 2016:
First round: 31st May, 3pm (GMT)

2015-2016 Research Networks
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)

In addition to these research funding schemes, the RSA also offers Travel Grants:

Travel Grants
The RSA offers its members up to £500 towards travel and accommodation 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 2016:
20th February, 3pm GMT

29th May, 3m GMT

28th August, 3pm GMT

27th November, 3pm GMT

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