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Early Career

If you have received your PhD* certificate and wish to develop your careers, networks and research through our EC opportunities, including funding, mentored publication routes and EC plenary speaker 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 conferences and via our publications
  • Access our Professional Development webinars on demand
  • Access our Regions, Cities and Industry webinars on demand
  • Connect with others in your subject field via our funded research networks
  • Search our expert register, available through our Members’ Lounge
  • 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 network 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
  • Annual president’s event (high-profile networking and awards dinner): Free to attend for members
  • Female Early Career and Mid Career Researchers Network (with both in-person and online meetings, an active WhatsApp group and closed Facebook group)
  • Active Student and Early Career Facebook group
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Funding Opportunities

  • Up to £4,000 for a Small Grant Scheme on Pandemics, Cities, Regions & Industry
  • Up to £10,000 for an 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 for a Policy Expo grant to connect your work and wider communities to societal questions and policy needs
  • Apply for conference bursaries taking the form of a free conference place at RSA conferences
  • Apply for a Travel Grant, which offers up to £500 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 (both print and online)
  • Annual subscription of Spatial Economic Analysis (both print and online)
  • Annual subscription of Territory, Politics, Governance (both print and online)
  • Regional Studies, Regional Science (Open access journal, online)
  • Annual subscriptions of Area Development and Policy (both print and online)
  • Regions eZine, the Association’s magazine (online only)
  • Access to 23 subject-related e-journals
  • Policy Expo publications (both online and hard copy)

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

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

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Opportunities & Development

  • Present your work and network at our open and friendly conferences
  • Present your work and network at the Annual Student and Early Career Conference
  • 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 awarded each year by the Association and take part in some of the judging
  • Use of the post-nominal MeRSA 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 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 student and early career training sessions as part of RSA conferences to gain skills in publishing and how to increase impact of your work
  • RSA Online Writing Group (see events pages for details)
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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 rates to RSA conferences
  • Benefit from a reduced article processing charge (APC) for members when publishing in the open access journal ‘Regional Studies, Regional Science’
  • 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
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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