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Student Membership

The Association welcomes students as members. The RSA offers a platform for presenting your work to an international audience and opportunities to network with senior researchers and experts. Stay informed about regional research for your studies – from specialised conferences to reduced member’s rates, the Regional Studies Association offers many benefits to Student members.

Read what our members say:

 “I am very glad to be a member of the RSA. Your support for my research as a Ph.D. student via the European Week of Regions and Cities, the RSA Blog and the upcoming RSA conferences are invaluable motivations and more than appreciated by my side.”  Irmak Çağlı, PhD student, Bogazici University, Turkey


  “RSA is an ideal international community for all students and early stage researchers to relate, grow and build up their networks. As an RSA student member, not only do I have free access to high-quality academic resources and information on latest academic opportunities, activities and events across the world, I’m also provided with various financial aids like discounts, bursaries and travel grants.” Yapeng Ou, PhD candidate, Northeastern University, USA / Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria, Italy





Membership Fees

2019 Membership fees per band (12 months) for new members:
Click here, to find the territorial Band for your country of residence. BAND A BAND B BAND C BAND D
Student membership £50 £39 £28 £14
2019 Membership fees per band (12 months) for renewing members:
Click here, to find the territorial Band for your country of residence. BAND A BAND B BAND C BAND D
Student membership £45 £35.10 £25.20 £12.60

The Student rate is for full-time students only and proof may be requested.

Our membership is now based on a rolling basis and is open to all. Renewing members are eligible for a 10% discounted rate. Online payments by credit or debit cards are made in Sterling but if you would prefer to join over the phone or have any membership queries please contact us on +44 (0)1273 698 017 or e-mail


You can join the RSA by registering here (this link will take you to a different website).

Become a member and benefit from:

Networking and Community 

  • Reach a global audience of academics, policymakers and practitioners at RSA conferences and via our publications;
  • 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.

Opportunities & Professional 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 to 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 etc.;
  • Publish via the Student & Early Career mentored publishing route. The Article Publishing Charges (APCs), normally payable for papers published in the Open Access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science, will be waived for those who are accepted for the Mentored Papers Section;
  • Apply for the post of Student 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 members have also online access to the following 19 subject related journals:

Funding opportunities

  • Apply for Research Funding:
  • up to £7,500 for a Fellowship Research Grant; 
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Apply for the annual RSA Nathaniel Lichfield Award (recent Masters students) 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);
  • Apply for the annual PhD Student 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 Student & Early Career Paper Section.





Country Bands: Please find the country you are currently living in.

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BAND A: Andorra; Australia; Austria; Bahamas; Bahrain; Belgium; Bermuda; Brunei; Darussalam; Canada; Cyprus; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Hong Kong, SAR, China; Iceland; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Korea, Rep.; Kuwait; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Macao, SAR, China; Malta; The Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Puerto Rico; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Trinidad & Tobago; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States

BAND B: Antigua & Barbuda; Argentina; Barbados; Chile; Costa Rica; Croatia; Czech Republic; Equatorial Guinea; Estonia; Greece ; Hungary; Kazakhstan; Latvia; Lithuania; Oman; Palau; Panama; Poland; Portugal; Seychelles; Slovakia; St. Kitts & Nevis; Uruguay; Venezuela

BAND C: Azerbaijan; Belarus; Botswana; Brazil; Bulgaria; China; Colombia; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Gabon; Grenada; Iran, Islamic Reb.; Jamaica; Lebanon; Malaysia; Maldives; Mauritius; Mexico; Montenegro; Peru; Romania; Russia; Serbia; St. Lucia; Suriname; South Africa; Thailand; Turkey; Turkmenistan            

BAND D: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Armenia; Bangladesh; Belize; Benin; Bhutan; Bolivia; Bosnia & Herzegovina; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cambodia; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo, Dem. Rep.; Congo, Rep.; Cote d’Ivoire; Egypt, Arab Rep.; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Fiji; Georgia; Ghana; Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Iraq; Jordan; Kenya; Kiribati; Kosovo; Kyrgyz Republic; Liberia; Libya; Macedonia, FYR; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Mozambique; Myanmar; Namibia; Nepal; Nicaragua; Niger; Nigeria; Pakistan; Paraguay; Philippines; Rwanda; Samoa; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Solomon Islands; Somalia ; South Sudan; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Swaziland; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Timor-Leste; Togo; Tonga; Tunisia; Uganda; Ukraine; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; West Bank & Gaza; Zambia; Zimbabwe

If your country/territory is not listed, please call us on  +44 (0)1273 698 017 or email and we will give you a quote. Please note: Data for China does not include Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Macao, unless otherwise noted.

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