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Early Career

Early Career membership is for individuals who have received their PhD* certificate and wish to develop their career, networks and research through ECR opportunities, including funding, training, mentored publication routes and ECR editor roles. From £24 per year for new members.

* Within 5 years of the date on PhD certificate or equivalent. Eight years, in case of documented significant career interruption for: maternity or parental leave; carer’s responsibility; illness; National Service; or non-research employment but no additional time allowance will be made for part-time employment.

PhD award date is taken to mean the date of the award by the University – usually the date on the PhD certificate a copy of which may be requested.

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Networking & Community

  • Reach a global audience of academics, policymakers and practitioners at RSA events and via our publications
  • Benefit from on demand professional development training via the Professional Development webinars
  • Access on demand presentations by acclaimed experts in the field via the RSA Webinar Series such as the Regions, Cities and Industry webinars
  • Connect with others via RSA funded research networks, search the Expert Register and network via the RSA’s Engagement and Events App (RSA Hub)
  • Link up and extend your networks via the RSA’s International divisions, country sections, ambassadors and UK Sub-National branches
  • International territorial networks: Link up and extend your networks via the RSA’s International divisions, country sections and UK-Sub national branches & sections
  • Join the RSA email list to receive our monthly e-Bulletin: All entries are moderated
  • Publish in the RSA Blog and share your research / insights with the global RSA community
  • Attend the Annual President’s Event (high-profile networking and awards dinner) – free to attend for members **
  • Connect with others via the Women’s Early Career and Mid-Career Researchers Network (with regular meetings and an active WhatsApp group) and via the Student and Early Career Facebook group
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Funding Opportunities

  • Up to £4,000 Small Grant Scheme on Pandemics, Cities, Regions & Industry
  • Up to £10,000 Early Career Research Grant
  • Up to £7,500 for a Fellowship Research Grant (FeRSA)
  • Up to £10,000 of renewable Research Network funding to organise events to discuss key questions in your area of interest
  • Up to £15,000 Policy Expo Grant to reach global audiences and to connect your work and wider communities to societal questions and policy needs
  • Conference bursaries taking the form of a free conference place at charged RSA conferences
  • Up to £500 Travel Grant towards travel costs when attending a non-RSA event**
  • Apply for the annual RSA & Routledge Early Career award for a chance to win £500; a certificate; up to £200 discretionary fund toward attending the RSA President’s Event** in that year (transport costs)
  • Benefit from an article publishing charge (APC) waiver when publishing in ‘Regional Studies, Regional Science’s mentored Early Career Paper Section
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  • Annual subscription of Regional Studies (12 issues, print and/or online)
  • Annual subscription of Spatial Economic Analysis (4 issues, print and/or online)
  • Annual subscription of Territory, Politics, Governance (5 issues, print and/or online)
  • Regional Studies, Regional Science (Open access journal, online)
  • Annual subscription of Area Development and Policy (4 issues, 1 volume print and online)
  • Regions eZine, the Association’s e-magazine (online only)
  • Access to 23 subject-related e-journals
  • Policy Impact books (online and hard copy)

** online or on hold only during the global pandemic

Since becoming an Early Career Member of the Regional Studies Association I have become a lot more interacted with the network, which has been very beneficial to my development as an academic. I have found the network to be very engaging and welcoming, with a wide variety of events, such as conferences, seminars, and a series of valuable webinars, showing the association’s adaptability to changing times. Awards and funding specifically for early career members are also an important part of the support offered by the association. The ability to engage in events specifically for early career members, as well as events for the entire membership has helped me gain confidence and develop conversations with a range of fellow members worldwide, not only in academia but also in policymaking.

Dr Robert Bowen, Swansea University, UK, Regions eZine Editor

Early Career Member Laura Norris describes how her research is helped by her RSA Membership

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Opportunities & Development

  • Participate in professional development training sessions and access on demand recordings of the professional development webinars
  • Present your work and network at our open and interdisciplinary conferences and webinars
  • Present your work and network at student and early career events
  • Get actively involved with your Association – we welcome pro-active membership – to shape the field and support innovation
  • Win one of a number of prizes (e.g. RSA Routledge Early Career Award) awarded each year by the Association and take part in some of the judging
  • Use of the post-nominal MeRSA or FeRSA following your family name
  • Build a global reputation via RSA article marketing, recognition through RSA awards and our ECR plenary speaker competition
  • Publish via the early career mentored publishing route with waived Article Processing Charge (APC) for those who are accepted for the mentored papers section in Regional Studies, Regional Science
  • Apply for the post of Early Career representative on the RSA board
  • Apply to become an RSA ambassador or territorial chair
  • Participate in the RSA’s Online Writing Group
  • Apply to become an RSA journal, Blog, Regions editor
  • Benefit from knowledge exchange activities at EU level via the RSA’s European Foundation (RSA Europe)
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  • 20% discount off Article Processing Charge (APC) when publishing in the Open Access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science for RSA members (who should be members at the point of submission and acceptance of an article. Please email us at for the discount code)
  • Obtain discounted members’ rates to RSA conferences
  • 30% discount on books and e-books in the Association’s Regions and Cities Series
  • 30% discount on all subject-related Taylor and Francis Books including Routledge
  • 30% discount on all subject-related Edward Elgar Publications books
  • 35% discount on selected subject-related Wiley books
  • 35% discount on all books from Policy Press at the University of Bristol
New Members
£ 86
£ 65
£ 45
£ 24
Renewing Members
£ 77.40
£ 58.50
£ 40.50
£ 21.60
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Membership fees are for one year on a rolling basis (this means your membership will expire a full year from when you join). Membership is open to all.

Country band is determined by place of residence (not place of origin).

Those renewing their membership are eligible for a 10% discounted rate. The current rates remain unchanged for 2021. Please see below for 2022 rates:

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  2022 Fee for Renewing Members £79.20 £60.30 £41.40 £22.50

Online payments by credit or debit cards are made in Sterling and we can provide an invoice for bank transfer payments.

If you have any membership queries please contact us on +44 (0)1273 698 017 or e-mail

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