RSA Membership Research Grant Scheme

In 2015, the Association has launched a new research grant worth up to £5,000 that aims to reward excellence and support outstanding individual researchers on a topic related to regional studies and regional science. The grant is intended primarily to provide opportunities for scholars who have already published in the field of regional studies and or science and who hold a current Individual membership of the Regional Studies Association.The RSA Membership Research Grants are provided to support a discrete piece of regional studies and/or regional science research. The value of the award is up to £5,000 (or its equivalent in dollars or euros). The award has a maximum time span of 18 months and reporting conditions apply.

In offering two new research grant schemes (Membership Research Grant and Fellowship Research Grants) the Association is seeking to raise the profile of regional research and its contribution. All applicants are required to set out how they will disseminate the results of their research not only through academic publishing but also to communities of policy and practice. 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.

The RSA Membership Research Grant operates a two stage application and assessment process. In the first round, applicants submit an expression of interest (see details in the handbook). Shortlisted applicants from the first round will then be asked to complete an application form and send in their full proposal as part of the final selection round. The full Terms and Conditions governing the grant are available in the Membership Research Grant Handbook.

First selection round: Expression of Interest

The submission deadline for the Expression of Interest is 8th May 2017

Please send your applications to 

The Expression of Interest should include the following:

1. Applicant information details:

2. Title of the research project

3. Timings of the research

4. Summary - details of research and the advances it is hoped to make – word limit 500

5. Brief overview of costs and budget

6. 1-3 page CV

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